P. D. Sine Quibus

This albarello drug jar has a slightly flared foot, a deep blue floral motif, and an off–white glaze. The scroll reads P. D. Sine Quibus. This jar would have contained pilulae di sine quibus or pills I would not wish to be without. The pills would have been made from aloes, scammony, mastic, senna leaves, and other ingredients, and were used as a purgative.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 10.2 cm x 8 cm; 4 1/32 in x 3 5/32 in
place made
Italia: Liguria, Savona
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 523
catalog number
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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