Syr: ex Flor: Persic:

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).
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
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
place made
Italia: Liguria, Genoa
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 507
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & 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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