SAGO

Description
This drug jar is marked "SAGO" and the initials HN appear on the bottom of the jar. Sago is a type of palm tree fround on the islands of South East Asia. It is made into a powdery starch, and used to thicken food such as pudding and jelly.
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 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
Deutschland: Hessen, Hanau
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 cm x 10.5 cm; 6 5/16 in x 4 1/8 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0815
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 739
catalog number
1991.0664.0815
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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