Rad. Ratan.

Description
This urn–shaped drug jar has a domed lid and rounded finial. The jar has a whitish glaze with a yellow and orange rectangular medallion marked Rad. Ratan. According to Pharmaceutical historian scholar George Urdang, this piece was made in an Italian factory in Urbino established by a Frenchman named Rolet in 1770. In a 1954 letter from Associate Curator of Medicine George Griffenhagen to Urdang it is noted that G. Folch Jou, a renowned Spanish historian of medicine, claims that jars (Squibb Numbers) 483–491 (1997.0664.0559–1991.0664.0567) appear to be of Catalonian Aragonese origin.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 29.5 cm x 13 cm; 11 5/8 in x 5 1/8 in
overall: 11 7/8 in x 5 1/8 in; 30.1625 cm x 13.0175 cm
place made
Italy
ID Number
1991.0664.0562
catalog number
M-05774
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 486
catalog number
1991.0664.0562.01
1991.0664.0562.02
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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