Storage jar (albarello) with a profile portrait

Date: ca. 1480–1500

Culture: Italian, probably Naples or Naples district

Medium: Maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware)

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): 12 9/16 × 5 3/8 × 5 3/8 in. (31.9 × 13.7 × 13.7 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1946

Accession Number: 46.85.15


This jar is of a form used in pharmacies to store dry drugs. It probably comes from the Royal Pharmacy of the Castelnuovo at Naples. The portrait of a man painted on the jar strongly resembles Charles VIII of France, who entered Naples in triumph in 1495.