Ung Placentin

George Urdang author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributes 1991.0664.681 through 1991.0664.0699 to Niderwiller a town near Strasbourg in the Alsace region of France. This baluster–shaped drug jar has a white background with two continuous rings of blue, orange, and yellow stylized flowers encircling the container at its top and bottom. The foot has a scalloped rim and a vine of tiny flowers and leaves. The is marked Ung Placentin. The jar would have contained a type of unguentum, or ointment, possibly made from the placenta of humans.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 19.5 cm x 12.3 cm; 7 11/16 in x 4 27/32 in
place made
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 611
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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