SYP CHAMOM

Description
This teapot-shaped majolica syrup jar has a tin lid and a white tin glazed background with yellow, blue and black decorative motifs including the unusual addition of the staff of Asclepius, a familiar symbol of the medical profession. A blue glazed rectangle in the center of the container is marked “SYP CHAMOM” in the cold paint technique. The jar would have contained the syrup of chamomile, used as a tonic, diaphoretic, antiseptic, digestive, and aperients a mild laxative. Urdang attributes the jar to Offenbach in the Rhine River Valley of Germany.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
syrup jar
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
tin (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 3/4 in x 7 in x 5 in; 24.765 cm x 17.78 cm x 12.7 cm
overall: 17 cm x 18.5 cm x 9.8 cm; 6 11/16 in x 7 9/32 in x 3 27/32 in
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0735
catalog number
M-05947
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
1991.0664.00735
collector/donor number
659
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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