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An Italian maiolica globular pharmacy bottle
An Italian maiolica globular pharmacy bottle

CIRCA 1520-25, VENICE OR FAENZA

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An Italian maiolica globular pharmacy bottle
Circa 1520-25, Venice or Faenza
Named for aapii in Gothic script on a stylised angular scroll against a ground of scrolling yellow, ochre, green and blue foliage (slight chipping to rim and footrim)
8.1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) high

Lot Essay

'Apii mundificativum' or 'unguentum mundificativum de apio' was an ointment which was used for cleansing wounds, for which the principal ingredient was smallage. Cf. Rudolf E.A Drey, Apothecary Jars (London, 1978), pps. 186 and 216.
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