Comf Ninphe

This baluster–shaped drug jar has a scalloped foot and a round, flat lid. The foot has a scalloped rim and a vine of tiny flowers and leaves. The handle of the lid is an applied leaf and round orange berry. The container has a white glazed background with two rings of blue, orange, and yellow stylized flowers. One ring is at the top of the container and the other is at the bottom. Within the two rings of flowers is the text “Comf Ninphe.” Ninphea (nymphaea) refers to the water lily, whose roots were used as an astringent and a narcotic.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 20 cm x 11.5 cm; 7 7/8 in x 4 17/32 in
overall: 7 7/8 in x 5 5/8 in; 20.0025 cm x 14.2875 cm
place made
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 608
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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