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Albarello

1200/1399

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares de Sevilla

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares de Sevilla

A elongated albarello (medicinal jar) with the lower half of the body bigger than the upper half and marked ridges. A tall concave neck, flattened rim with slight moulding on the outside. Zig-zag dry-cord decoration with honey and blue tones separated by four vertical bands, separated by alternating ribbons in blue, white and honey. Base and foot unglazed. Decorated with greasy string with manganese, without solvent, matt. Lead, tin and cobal enamels, thin tin unvarnished interior.

This albarello with its pair DE00338A are cited and dated by José Gestoso in his work ´Historia de los barros vidriados sevillanos´ (1903). He suggests that they are from the Hospital de la Sangre where they were found in one of the attics, although they were most probably from the former hospital building's pharmacy. They are rare examples and are associated with the techniques of Arab Sevillian potters.

It preserves remains of a stuccoed console with a white background with red edging and the letters are in black. These remains adhered to the grooves of the dry cord and have completely disappeared in the enamelled areas.

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  • Title: Albarello
  • Date Created: 1200/1399
  • Location: Seville
  • Physical Dimensions: 32 x 10 cm
  • Type: Chemists' ware
  • Medium: Clay turned on the wheel, glazed and enamelled, with dry-cord decoration

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