Syr: ex Flor: Persic:

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Description
This blue and white glazed tureen has two handles, each in the shape of a lion's head. Also present are horizontal bands of cobalt blue geometric and flora decorations. The rest of the container is covered with elongated leaves and flowers, dogs, birds, rabbits, and swans. The band in the middle of the body is marked Syr: ex Flor: Persic: The bottom of the foot is marked with an image of a lighthouse. Lighthouses were used to mark the wares of 17th and 18th century Genoese potters. Syrup of Persicus includes flowers, leaves, and seeds from the peach tree. It is used as a cathartic, sedative, and anthelmentic (a means to expel worms from the body).
Location
Currently not on view
date made
18th century
place made
Italia: Liguria, Genoa
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 23.5 cm x 26.5 cm; 9 1/4 in x 10 7/16 in
overall: 9 in x 10 1/4 in x 8 5/8 in; 22.86 cm x 26.035 cm x 21.9075 cm
ID Number
1991.0664.0583
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05795
collector/donor number
SAP 507
catalog number
1991.0664.0583
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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