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Albarello (Pharmacy Jar)

Accession Number
1957/1.76

Title
Albarello (Pharmacy Jar)

Artist(s)
Iranian

Artist Nationality
Iranian

Object Creation Date
14th century

Medium & Support
composite ceramic body with gray, blue and black underglaze

Dimensions
5 in. x 10 3/4 in. x 10 3/4 in. ( 12.7 cm x 27.31 cm x 27.31 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase

Subject matter
See physical description. 

Physical Description
A 14th century Mongol period pharmacy jar from the Sultanabad region. The albarello is a contracted cylinder with a converging neck and has a conventionalized inscription with a stag and gazelle design. Floral designs fill the space while the lower body is fluted. All the decorative patterns were done in low relief. Paste is a light tan "Islamic II", while the glaze is glossy with fine crackle. The object was fired upright. Colors include heavy iridescent patina, gray-green, light grayish-white ground and light purplish gray. The object has been restored. 

Primary Object Classification
Ceramic

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Gazella (genus)
Iranian Islamic pottery styles after the Mongols
Islamic
Mongol (Iranian Islamic)
Sultanabad (Il-Khanid pottery style)
Sultanabad ware
albarelli
ceramic ware (visual works)
drug jars
jar

6 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )
The Globalized Ancient World
(Part of: 2019 Summer Study Sets)
Medicines and Remedies
(Part of: AAHM)
The Ceramic Road: Cultural Exchange in Asian Ceramics
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)
Consumables
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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