Ext. Croci

Description
This albarello drug jar depicts two lions flanking a cartouche topped by a crown. The interior of the cartouche has a cross with the letter P on the left and by 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 “Ext. croci” in black gothic text. The jar would have contained Extract of Crocus, or extract of saffron. Saffron was commonly used as an ingredient in a variety of medicinal preparations, often as an expectorant and blood stimulant.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 cm x 8 cm; 4 11/32 in x 3 5/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0671
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05883
collector/donor number
SAP 595
catalog number
1991.0664.0671
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: 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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