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Pharmacy Jar

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Two-handled wet drug jar for "Melrosa," a rose-water and honey syrup. Gray clay, blue white tin glaze, blue decoration of St. George and dragon, flowers, three bees, birds, etc. Two handles ending in masks.


About 1650/1660, Barberini family pharmacy, Rome (original commission). By 1915, Theodora Lyman, Boston; 1919, gift of Miss Theodora Lyman to the MFA.

Credit Line

The John Pickering Lyman Collection—Gift of Miss Theodora Lyman

Wet Drug Jar

Italian (probably Deruta), About 1650–60

Object Place

Deruta, Italy


Legacy dimension: .32 H.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)




Ceramics, Pottery