The lower shoulder of this jar bears the inscription UG D’LITERGIRIO. It would have contained Unguentum Di Litargirio, or ointment of lead. The ointment was used topically on sores, or ingested to invoke vomiting. This jar has a white glazed background decorated with blue vines and yellow flowers. The coat of arms is framed by a yellow shield and topped by a knight’s helmet. The escutcheon has a yellow shooting star at the top, three horizontal yellow stars on a white background in the center of the shield, and a lower field of blue and yellow stripes. The initials G.C. are on the lower left side of the shield, and the initial E is placed to the lower right side of the shield. This container belongs to a series of jars 1991.0664.0525 through 1991.0664.0529 which has been attributed to eighteenth century Savona.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1700
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 16 cm x 10.2 cm; 6 5/16 in x 4 1/32 in
place made
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 450
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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