Albarello (storage jar) with a horseman
Faenza, c. 1530 - 1540
tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
The inscription reads Athamsia. Magna, that is (slightly mistranscribed), "Athanasia Magna", an elixir made from opium, myrrh and other ingredients, used as an analgesic and hypnotic Renaissance pharmacies were a major part of the market for artistic maiolica.
The design of the horseman echoes the famous antique statue of Marcus Aurelius, on the Capitoline in Rome.
Presented by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1888. WA1888.CDEF.C476
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