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Double-handed drug jar (orciuolo) with oak leaves and leaping hare

Unknown artist, Italian, Italy; Florence
Double-handed drug jar (orciuolo) with oak leaves and leaping hare, ca. 1430-1460
Tin-glazed earthenware
23.5 x 25.4 x 20.3 cm (9 5/16 x 10 x 8 inches) handle to handle; diameter without handles
Museum Works of Art Fund 43.351

  • This large two-handled jar (orciuolo) decorated with oak leaves and a leaping hare is of the type made for the pharmacy of the Arcispedale di Santa Maria Nuova in Florence, a hospital founded by the Portinari family. Signed with an asterisk at the base of one of the handles, it was most likely produced by the workshop of Giunta di Tugio, who is documented as having delivered over a thousand maiolica wares to the hospital around 1427–1431. The patterning of leaves and dots indicates the influence of ceramics imported to Spain from Moorish sources and then disseminated throughout Italy.

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