Albarello (Pharmacy Jar)

Accession Number

Albarello (Pharmacy Jar)


Artist Nationality

Object Creation Date
14th century

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

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

Collection Area

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

8 Related Resources

Arts from Persia and Iran
(Part of: Ancient and Classical Civilizations)
Visual Cultures of Islam - Ceramics
(Part of: Visual Cultures of Islam )
F19 Tsai - INTLSTD 401: The Globalized Ancient World
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Medicines and Remedies
(Part of: History of Medicine - American Association of Historians of Medicine (AAHM))
The Ceramic Road: Cultural Exchange in Asian Ceramics
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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