Comf Ninphe

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
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
France
ID Number
1991.0664.0684
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05896
collector/donor number
SAP 608
catalog number
1991.0664.0684.01
1991.0664.0684.02
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
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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