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Storage jar, Italy, 1714

Painted on to this large earthenware storage jar is the emblem of Ramon Perrellos y Roccaful (1637-1720), 63rd Grand Master of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem (now the Knights Hospitaller) from 1697-1720. The Knights of St John of Jerusalem was founded in the 1000s to protect pilgrims and care for the sick. The jar would have been used in the Order’s hospital and infirmary.

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Glossary: storage jar

A jar used to store objects or substances.

Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.

Glossary: earthenware

Pottery made of clay which is fired at a relatively low temperature. Earthenware is often semi-porous, meaning some liquid or air can pass through it. This can be altered by treating the pottery with a glaze.