Syrup Jar

Description (Brief)
This syrup jar is decorated with blue arches or false gadroons. In Apothecary Jars by Rudolf Drey, a similar jar to 1991.0664.0648 through 1991.0664.0664, is illustrated, and attributed to Savona, a seaport town in northern Italy which uses a similar blue and manganese pallet. A portrait of a woman with short curly hair secured with a blue band is painted on to the base of the applied strap handle. The label reads Ol d Menta. Menta or Mentha is a mint medicinal used to treat stomach aches and chest pains.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 20.3 cm x 14 cm x 18.5 cm; 8 in x 5 1/2 in x 7 5/16 in
place made
Italia: Liguria, Savona
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 583
catalog number
European Apothecary
See more items in
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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