SEMEN NIGELLI

Description (Brief)
This drug jar is marked "SEMEN NIGELLI". Nigella Satavia also known as black cumin is native to southern Europe, southeast Asia and northern Africa. The today its seeds are used as a condiment but as this drug jar shows they were used for medicinal purposes as well. Nigella was used as a tonic, astringent and for flatulence.
Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang attributed 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 scholar Wolfgang-Hagen Hein wrote that the unmarked containers and those marked "FH" were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1790-1810
place made
Germany
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 cm x 11 cm; 6 5/16 in x 4 5/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0791
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 715
catalog number
1991.0664.0791
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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