Pharmacy Pot

This is a pharmacy pot that dates to the Italian Renaissance ca. 1570. Pharmacy pots were used in European pharmacies, especially around Florence, Italy, to store medicinal drugs and herbs. They originally appeared somewhere between 600-400 BCE in Mesopotamia. They are also called apothecary or medicine jars. Pharmacy pots almost always have a defined lip at the top, so that the ingredients can be sealed with a piece of cloth and some string around the mouth of the jar. They were also designed to fit onto a shelf with many others like it, with smaller spouts and handles. This pot has vibrant and detailed paintings in the Renaissance style all around it and was likely displayed in a window at the front of an apothecary shop.