Albarello

Albarello

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. An albarello is a type of maiolica earthenware jar, originally a medicinal jar designed to hold apothecaries' ointments and dry drugs. The development of this type of pharmacy jar had its roots in the Middle East during the time of the Islamic conquests. Brought to Italy by Hispano-Moresque traders, the earliest Italian examples were produced in Florence in the 15th century. Albarelli (plural) were made in Italy from the first half of the 15th century through to the late 18th century and beyond. Based on Persian designs said to emulate bamboo (the traditional manufacturing material), the jars are usually cylindrical with a slightly concave waist. Variations in size and style can be seen from region to region, ranging from 10 cm to 40 cm in height. Such jars served both functional and decorative purposes in traditional apothecaries and pharmacies, and represtented status and wealth. The jars were generally sealed with a piece of parchment or leather tied with a piece of cord.show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 177g
  • Frac Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136573350
  • 9786136573359