This dark blue syrup jar has a short spout and an applied double handle terminating in the head of a grotesque flanked by two snakes. Below the spout is a kneeling figure dressed in flowing robes with arms outstretched. The scrolled banner is surrounded by dense foliage and is marked “OL SANBVCINO.” The jar would have contained oil of sanbucino, a remedy for a variety of stomach ailments. Below the grotesque the jar bears the date 1578.
Currently not on view
Object Name
syrup jar
date made
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 23 cm x 16.5 cm x 21 cm; 9 1/16 in x 6 1/2 in x 8 9/32 in
overall: 9 in x 8 in x 7 in; 22.86 cm x 20.32 cm x 17.78 cm
place made
Italia: Veneto, Venice
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 556
catalog number
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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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
Christie's. Italian Ceramic Art: 1400-1900
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