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Pharmacy vase, Italy, 1740

On the pharmacy jar on the right, the blue and white decorations show scenes of a Roman cavalry charge. The other side shows a more pleasant rural scene. The devil’s head at the base appears to be a dispensing hole for the contents of the large jar (measuring 480 mm in height). Entwined snakes form the handles. It is shown with a similar example (A631893).

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Glossary: drug jar

A (usually earthenware) container designed to hold apothecaries' ointments and dry drugs.