BACCAE JUNIPERI

Description
This drug jar is marked BACCAE JUNIPERI. Baccae refers to the female worshipers of the Greek God Bacchus. The oil from the Juniper berries were used as a flavoring, and for a variety of conditions including inflammation, liver, and kidney disease. Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang attributes containers 1991.0664.0760 through 1991.0664.0825 to Hanau in the late 18th century based on the floral design surrounding the medallion and the initials HN on the bottom of many of the jars in the series. However, in a letter to museum curators dated August 1983, the pharmaceutical historian Wolfgang-Hagen Hein wrote that the containers without initials and those marked FH were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse twenty-three miles southwest of Hanau.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
1790-1810
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15.9 cm x 10.5 cm; 6 1/4 in x 4 1/8 in
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0811
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 735
catalog number
1991.0664.0811
subject
Pharmacy
Medicine
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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