BENEDITTA H

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
ca 1700
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17.6 cm x 11.2 cm; 6 15/16 in x 4 13/32 in
place made
Italy
ID Number
1991.0664.0527
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 451
catalog number
1991.0664.0527
subject
Pharmacy
Art
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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