E MITHRID: DAMO

Description (Brief)
This cylindrical straight walled drug jar has a glazed white background and a blue cartouche. A basket of fruit sits atop the cartouche and is flanked by two peacocks. The center of the cartouche is marked, E/ MITHRID: DAMO". Mithrid Damo is probably Mithridate a mixture of fifty or more ingredients, and was used as an antidote for poisons. It was named for Mithridatre VI King of Pontus (134-63 BCE), who was supposed to have invented the concoction to protect himself from being poisoned by his enemies.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 33.5 cm x 20.5 cm; 13 3/16 in x 8 1/16 in
place made
Netherlands
ID Number
1991.0664.0838
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 762
catalog number
1991.0664.0838
subject
Pharmacy
Medicine
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
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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