PILL DE CINOGL OSS

Description
This squat–shaped drug jar has a baluster-shaped body and a stepped flared foot. A yellow shield depicts a lion balanced on one hind leg, holding an orb with its two front paws. The shield is surrounded by an elaborate blue floral motif on a white glazed background with yellow rope bands at the neck and the rim of the foot.
A yellow and blue striped escroll is inscribed in black, PILL DE CINOGL OSS. The jar would have contained pills of cynoglossum. The herb cynoglossum, also known as hound’s-tongue, was used as a narcotic, sedative, astringent, and expectorant.
The jar was incorporated into the Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Collection when it was purchased at auction in 1935 from the American Art Association Anderson Galleries in New York City.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
ca 1600
Date made
1675 - 1699
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 cm x 12 cm; 4 23/32 in x 4 23/32 in
attributed to
Italia: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
ID Number
1991.0664.0505
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05717
collector/donor number
SAP 429
catalog number
1991.0664.0505
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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