TROCH BECH CITR

Description
This is a wide mouthed drug jar with a white tin glaze. At the top of the blue rococo cartouche, a hand holds three flowers flanked by a “C” scroll and castle tower (possibly a bishops insignia). The interior of the cartouche is marked in black, “TROCH BECH CITR.” In the Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue, George Urdang attributes this jar to the town of Fluda. However, Professor Wolfgang Hagen Hein believed the jar to be from the town of Durlach within the region of Baden Wurttemburg in southwest Germany near the French border. In his letter dated August 29, 1983, Hein cites page 144 in his book coauthored with Dirk Arnold Wittop Koning Deutsche Apotheken Fayencen. Trochisci Bechici Citrus was a small cake or lozenge made with a citrus fruit to alleviate respiratory ailments.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12.6 cm x 10.5 cm; 4 15/16 in x 4 1/8 in
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0722
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05934
collector/donor number
SAP 646
catalog number
1991.0664.0722
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
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
depicted
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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