Syr Papaver Er

This baluster shaped syrup jar has a white tin glazed background with two continuous bands of stylized blue, orange and red flowers. The spout resembles the stem of a plant. The handle has two applied brown stems that overlap and terminate with green leaves at the widest point of the jar. Historian George Urdang suggests this jar was made in or around the town of Niderville in the Lorraine region of eastern France. The jar would have contained Syrup of Papaver Erraticum, the juice of red poppy, which was used as an analgesic.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 20.5 cm x 18.5 cm; 8 1/16 in x 7 9/32 in
overall: 8 3/8 in x 7 3/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 21.2725 cm x 18.7325 cm x 13.335 cm
place made
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 607
catalog number
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
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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