TROCIS DI MIRRA

Description
This squat–shaped drug jar has a baluster 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 TROCIS DI MIRRA. The jar would have contained Trochis di Mirra, or myrrh lozenges. Myrrh was used as a tonic, diaphoretic, expectorant, and antiseptic. 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: 12.5 cm x 11.5 cm; 4 29/32 in x 4 17/32 in
attributed to
Italia: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
ID Number
1991.0664.0506
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05718
collector/donor number
SAP 430
catalog number
1991.0664.0506
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
See more items in
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
Drey, Rudolf E.A.. Apothecary Jars
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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