U MUNDIFICAT

Description (Brief)
This straight walled drug jar and lid has a white glaze background and a cartouche created by blue, yellow and purple flowers and a blue ribbon. The dome-shaped lid has a sprig of flowers and an applied handle. George Urdang co-author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributes this container to 18th century Strasbourg in the Alsace region.
The Dictionary of Photopharmacology by John Quincy, an 18th century English apothecary, refers to U Mundificat as Mundificativum Unguentum, a cleansing ointment. The ingredients included honey and wheat flowers which were then boiled until thick.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 27 cm x 13.5 cm; 10 5/8 in x 5 5/16 in
place made
France
ID Number
1991.0664.0680
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
1991.0664.0680.01
1991.0664.0680.02
collector/donor number
SAP 604
subject
Pharmacy
Art
European Apothecary
See more items in
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
Boger, Louise Ade. The Dictionary of World Pottery and Porcelain
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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