THERIACA ANDROMA CHI

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Description
This is a blue, yellow and green tin glazed waisted drug jar. The jar is decorated with a painted female mythological figure with a swan in one hand and flowers in the other, set against a landscape. On either side of the figure are vertical bands of foliage. An escrol above the figure is marked “THERIACA ANDROMACHI.” Theriac, an opium compound, was thought to be a panacea for a variety of diseases and an antidote for poison. Andromachus served as the Roman Emperor Nero’s physician, and this opium compound would have contained his formulation of the medicine.
Location
Currently not on view
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 27.7 cm x 16 cm; 10 29/32 in x 6 5/16 in
overall: 11 1/4 in x 6 1/8 in; 28.575 cm x 15.5575 cm
ID Number
1991.0664.0646
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05858
collector/donor number
SAP 570
catalog number
1991.0664.0646
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Mythology
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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