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Maiolica. Pharmacy or storage jar. Unknown maker, Florence. Both sides are decorated with two lions rampant addorsed, each holding a spray of oak leaves in its raised paw, surrounded by sprays of oak leaves with dots in the background. Round the lower part of the body there are two horizontal manganese bands. On the neck, between pairs of horizontal manganese bands, there are oak leaves on a wavy stem. On each handle, and continuing down the side of the jar beneath it, is a fern frond or stalk with twigs branching off on each side and terminating in small round berries. Buff earthenware, tin-glazed creamy-white on the interior and exterior; the rim and base unglazed. Painted in bright, extremely shiny relief-blue with manganese outlines. Height, whole, 25.8 cm, diameter, mouth, 12.4 cm, diameter, base, 14.5 cm, width, across handles, 23.0 cm, circa 1420-1450. Renaissance.