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Drug pot: C.2109-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Unidentified Talavera factory (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue on one side with a double-headed eagle with a large crown above, and on its breast, a medallion enclosing 'IHS' and three nails; on the back is pasted a printed label of a pharmacy at Cordova


History note: Unknown before donor, Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Talavera ⪼ Castile ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th or 18th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1750 CE


The initials IHS is an abbreviation for Jesus in Greek. The three nails are symbols of the Passion of Christ.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware creamy-white Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Buff earthenware, thrown, tin-glazed creamy white, and painted in blue; edge of base unglazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular originally white paper stick-on label with a black printed side borders and inscriptions at top and bottom

  • Text: Farmacia y Laboratorio Quimico/del Licde. D. VENTURA DÁVILA LEAL/? Unct (handwritten) Jesús Nazareno, númo. 4/CÓRDOBA
  • Location: On back of jar
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and hand-written in faded balck ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2109-1928
Primary reference Number: 73116
Old object number: 1181
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 23 March 2016 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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