Pharmacy bottles that lined the shelves of Renaissance pharmacies often held medicinal herbs, spices, and ointments. The inscription on this bottle reads CAPILLV, which was a liquid extracted from a fern-like plant commonly referred to as “maiden’s hair water.”

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  • Title: Pharmacy Bottle
  • Date Created: c. 1500-1510
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 38.8 cm (15 1/4 in.)
  • Provenance: (F. A. Drey, London).
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1943.52.2
  • Medium: tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
  • Inscriptions: written in lower ribbon band: A. CAPILLV.
  • Fun Fact: The peacock feather design lining the bottom of this bottle was especially popular in Faenza, near Bologna, during the Renaissance.
  • Department: Decorative Art and Design
  • Culture: Italy, Papal States, Faenza
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: Decorative Arts
  • Accession Number: 1943.52.2

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