PECTORAL B W

Description
This wide mouth jar has a flared collar and an applied circular foot. The clear glass is decorated with a baked enamel cartouche. A white shield on a blue background is framed by a yellow C-scroll design and capped by a crown. Urdang attributes this jar to the Court Pharmacy of Pillnitz, which today is a city quarter in eastern Dresden, Germany. It is marked PECTORAL B W with red initial letters and the alchemical symbol for powder. A pectoral was a poultice or ointment used in the treatment of upper-respiratory ailments.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
colorless (overall color)
white (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
blue (overall color)
red (overall color)
black (overall color)
blown (overall production method/technique)
rococo (overall style)
Measurements
overall: 9.1 cm x 5.7 cm; 3 9/16 in x 2 1/4 in
unspecified
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0189
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05337
collector/donor number
SAP 46
catalog number
1991.0664.0189
subject
Art
Pharmacy
European Apothecary
Health & Medicine
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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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