Two-handled drug jar

Italian (Florence)
about 1427–31

Object Place: Italy


Height: 23.5 cm (91/4 in.), diameter: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica) with zaffera in rilievo decoration

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 206)





A two-handled drug jar made for the Florentine hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. Ovoid body with two handles, decorated with manganese and cobalt blue, standing in relief on the surface.

Possibly made in the workshop of Giunta da Tugio or of Maso and Miniato di Domenico, Florence. The emblem of the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, a green and purple crutch, is painted on the handles.

Painted on each handle of this jar is a crutch, emblem of the Florentine hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, for which the jar was made. (Master Site Plan 2D02, 2003)


Made for the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, Florence, Italy. By 1885, with George B. Upton [see note 1]. 1923, bought by the MFA for $25. (Accession date: June 7, 1923)

[1] Lent by George B. Upton to the MFA on May 29, 1885 (MFA Loan 954 No.1).

Credit Line

The Arthur Mason Knapp Fund