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Albarello (drug jar) with portrait of Lucretia

Date: c.1520-1550
Dimensions:
Overall: 29.5 x 16.7 cm (11 5/8 x 6 9/16 in.)
Medium: Maiolica, tin glaze, lead glaze, and thrown.
Credit Line: Gift of George and Helen Gardiner
Origin:Italy, Tuscany, Florence
Object number: G83.1.360
DescriptionThis albarello was produced in Naples or Vietri sul Mare, a town near Salerno which supplied maiolica to the Neapolitan market. The banderole spanning the length of this albarello spells out "LUCRETIA," possibly referring to the ancient Roman Lucretia, a popular exemplar of chastity for Renaissance women.