Unguentum Dialtea

Description
This blue monochrome albarello-shaped drug jar has a stylized cobalt-blue floral motif with a cross-hatch band just above the shoulder and foot. An escroll in the center of the container is inscribed in gothic script, u dialtea. This jar would have contained Unguentum Dialthaea, an ointment made from the gummy extract of the roots of the Althaea officinalis, also known as the Marshmallow. The ointment was used to soothe irritated throats and to relieve coughs.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
albarello
date made
ca 1500
Date made
1500 - 1550
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17.3 cm x 12.5 cm; 6 13/16 in x 4 29/32 in
place made
Italia: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
ID Number
1991.0664.0495
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05707
collector/donor number
SAP 419
catalog number
1991.0664.0495
subject
Pharmacy
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Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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