Pharmacy jar (albarello),ca.

Featuring tulips and a grotesque head in profile, this jar was designed to store herbs, powders, and other dry medicines that would have been protected from spoilage by a piece of parchment secured around the opening. The container was probably part of an order for 4,152 vessels placed by an apothecary in 1545 with Masséot Abaquesne, who ran a large workshop with his son, Laurent.