- Museum number
Drug jar or bottle with tall splayed neck, flaring foot and two handles each made of three strips of clay. Earthenware covered inside and out with a presumed tin-glaze. Painted decoration, one side has a bear grasping a pillar, with the inscription "ET SARRIMO BONI AMICI" which is surrounded by incised and painted foliage. Below a scroll "Aqa boraginis". Reverse is painted with blue scrolls on white.
- Production date
- 1540-1555 (circa)
Height: 45 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
The object is associated with the Colonna family because it is painted with a bear (for the Orsini family) hugging a column (Colonna); the jar may refer to a reconciliation between the two families.
Bibliography: Faenza 24 1936 p.5, pl I.
Thornton & Wilson 2009
See C&M registration no. G3,VP.109 for another example of the bear hugging a column,
- On display (G46/dc4)
- Exhibition history
2010-2011 1 May-9 Jan, London, BM, Room 2, Recent Publications from the British Museum Press
1989 22 Jan-2 Apr, Stoke-on-Trent, City Museum & Art Gallery, Ceramic Art of the Italian Renaissance
1989 23 Apr-30 Aug, Italy, Pescara, Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo, Le Maioliche Cinquecentesche di Castelli
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number