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
date made
18th century
place made
Italy
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
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
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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