The lower shoulder of the jar bears the inscription TROCIS D'AROD. It would have contained Troches Diarhodon, a lozenge made from red rose petals, spikenard, aloes, licorice, saffron, and mastic. The lozenge was used for a variety of stomach ailments and to ease fevers and congestion.
The jar has a white glazed background decorated with blue vines and yellow flowers. The center of the jar contains a coat of arms within 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 drug 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: 16.4 cm x 10.3 cm; 6 7/16 in x 4 1/16 in
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 452
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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