U Agrim

This ovoid-shaped container is decorated with blue arches or false gadroons, and is marked G.B.B. In Apothecary Jars by Rudolf Drey a jar similar to 1991.0664.0648 through 1991.0664.0664 is illustrated, and is attributed to Savona, a seaport town in northern Italy, it has a similar blue and manganese pallet. Some of the containers in this series have initials on the shoulder. According to Dray the initials may refer to the owner of the apothecary. Three of the jars in this series are marked "G.B.B." with a cross on its shoulder.
Agrim an abbreviation for Agrimony is an herb used as a mouthwash and an astringent. It was also thought to be good for the liver.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 23.2 cm x 14 cm; 9 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in
overall: 9 5/8 in x 5 1/2 in; 24.4475 cm x 13.97 cm
place made
Italia: Liguria, Savona
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 574
catalog number
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Drey, Rudolf E.A.. Apothecary Jars
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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