Albarello with almost vertical sides. Earthenware apparently tin-glazed inside and out (not the foot). Painted one side with a man in a hood facing a nun; between them a scroll "HUMILITAS ALTA PETIT". On the other side is a younger woman, her head covered, facing a man in a peaked hat. All figures within contour panels; floral tendrils between. Around the foot diamond panels and foliage; in Gothic letters "sy. de. fumoterre" beneath the older pair.
Albarello (pharmacy jug) with the Depiction of a Woman, Italy, ca1500 ~ a pharmacy jar of cylindrical form. In the 15th-16th c. albarelli were the most common type of Italian pharmacy vessels, made without lids and covered with paper or parchment tied with a string under the rim. On the front of this albarello is an inscription: DI CVRCVMA (turmeric - yellow ginger). During the period of the Renaissance women used turmeric to dye their hair.