Sp. diambra. comp

This drug jar is decorated with blue arches or false gadroons. In Apothecary Jars by Rudolf Drey, a similar jar to 1991.0664.0648 through 1991.0664.0664, is illustrated, and attributed to Savona, a seaport town in northern Italy, and has a similar blue and manganese pallet. A portrait of a woman with short curly hair secured with a blue band (identical to 1991.0664.0659 and 1991.0664.0661) is painted on the shoulder.
The jar is labeled “Sp. Diambra comp” in black text. The jar would have contained Species Diambra Complete, a powdered medicinal recipe that was similar to Pulvis Aromaticus (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger) with the addition of ambergris and musk. The powder was used as a stomachic and tonic, to increase appetite and stimulate digestion.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 12.5 cm x 8.5 cm; 4 29/32 in x 3 11/32 in
place made
Italia: Liguria, Savona
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 586
catalog number
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Drey, Rudolf E.A.. Apothecary Jars
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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