Drug jar

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made in Italy

Postcard of Drug jar.
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Drug jar

This maiolica drug jar was made in Italy, possibly at Faenza, in the early 16th century.

The drug jar is painted in blue on crackled white glaze. It is inscribed 'DIA LACHA' ['made from lac']. there is also a apothecary's cipher incorporating a 'P', probably the owner's mark, scratched through a circular dark blue rosette.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-109-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1921.1691
Date: Early 16th century
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: DIA LACHA; P
Dimensions: 228 mm H x 152 mm D
What: Jar, drug
Subject: Ceramics : earthenware : Italy : Florentine
Where: Italy, Faenza
Description: Maiolica drug jar painted in blue on crackled white glaze: Italian, possibly Faenza, early 16th century
  • Curnow, Celia, Italian Maiolica in the National Museums of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1992 
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