Drug jar

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made at Castelli, Italy

Postcard of Drug jar.
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Drug jar

This maiolica drug jar was made at Castelli in Italy in the early 18th century.

The jar is painted in polychrome with a saint, probably St Benedict, holding a staff and book and with a raven. It is inscribed 'EL MATRICINO', an electuary, the principle ingredient of which is underwood, which is mixed with honey or something similar.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-460-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1865.39.20 A
Date: Early 18th century
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: EL MATRICINO
Dimensions: 173 mm H x 105 mm D
What: Jar, drug
Subject: Ceramics : earthenware : Italy : Rome
Who: St Benedict (Depicted (?))
Where: Italy, Castelli
Description: Tin-glazed earthenware jug painted in polychrome with a saint holding a staff and book and with a raven, and inscribed "EL MATRICINO": Italian, Castelli, early 18th century
  • Curnow, Celia, Italian Maiolica in the National Museums of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1992 
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