V. Basilico

Description
This albarello container depicts an image of Cupid with his bow and arrow running across a landscape with trees and a tower in the background. Abstract designs decorate the shoulder and foot. The back of the container is unadorned. It is marked just above the lower shoulder “V. basilica.” The jar would have contained Unguentum Basilicon.
Basilicon is a type of ointment also referred to as “Sovereign Ointment.” It is made from wax, pitch, olive oil, myrrh, frankincense, lard and a variety of other ingredients. Basilicon was used to promote the healing of wounds.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22.8 cm x 12.5 cm; 8 31/32 in x 4 29/32 in
overall: 9 1/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 23.1775 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
1991.0664.0631
catalog number
M-05843
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 555
catalog number
1991.0664.0631
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
Mythology
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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