The lower shoulder of this drug jar in inscribed BENEDITTA H. The jar would have contained Benedicts’s herb, or Geum urbanum. The herb and its roots were used as a remedy for liver disease and stomach ailments.
The jar has a white background decorated with blue vines. Its center contains a coat of arms framed by a yellow shield and topped by a knight’s helmet. The escutcheon has a blue field, with three stars on a yellow band running diagonally across the upper quarter of the shield. The bottom of the shield features a yellow rooster perches on a three-pronged brown base. The initials P. and G. flank either side of the shield. This jar belongs to a series of containers 1991.0664.0525 through 1991.0664.0529 which have been attributed to eighteenth century Savona.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1700
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 17.6 cm x 11.2 cm; 6 15/16 in x 4 13/32 in
place made
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 451
catalog number
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
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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