Conf Hiacint Co

Description
This waisted drug jar has a flared foot with a deep blue glaze over a white background. The jar is decorated with stylized flowers and leaves on the upper and lower shoulders. The label at the center of the waist is marked, Conf Hiacint Co. The jar would have contained Confectio de Hiacintho, or Confection of Hyacinths (Jacinths). The Confection of Hyacinths was an electuary, or paste, made from red zircon that was used as a stomachic to improve appetite and digestion, and an anthelmintic to kill intestinal worms. This jar belongs to a set of drug containers seen in objects 1991.0664.0589 through 1991.0664.0596.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
syrup jar
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19.1 cm x 13 cm; 7 17/32 in x 5 1/8 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0593
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05805
collector/donor number
SAP 517
catalog number
1991.0664.0593
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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