Ex. Absint

Description
This albarello drug jar depicts two lions flanking a cartouche topped by a crown. The interior of the cartouche has a cross at center and the letter P at the left and the letter A on the right. The jar is very similar in style to the ones seen in objects 1991.0664.0669–.0673. The jar is labeled “Ex. Absint” in black gothic text. The jar would have contained a solution of absinthe, made from wormwood, and used as a stimulating tonic, stomachic (appetite and digestive aid), diuretic, and emmenagogue (to stimulate menstrual flow).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12.5 cm x 8.7 cm; 4 29/32 in x 3 7/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0673
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05885
collector/donor number
SAP 597
catalog number
1991.0664.0673
subject
Pharmacy
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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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