UG D'LITERGIRIO

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1700
place made
Italy
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 cm x 10.2 cm; 6 5/16 in x 4 1/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0526
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 450
catalog number
1991.0664.0526
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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