EXTR CENTAUR MIN

Description
This is a small wide-mouthed tin-glazed whitish gray drug jar with a flared lip. The jar is decorated with a circular vine of blue leaves and flowers and is marked “EXTR CENTAUR MIN.” The buds, leaves and stems of the plant Centaurium minus are used in the preparation of Extract of Centaurium Minus. The extract was used as as a remedy for hypertension, dyspepsia, loss of appetite, kidney stones, anxiety and insomnia.
Drug jars 1991.0664.0724–.0728 are attributed to 18th-century Nuremberg. George Urdang bases this attribution to the blue wreath and the potter’s mark at the bottom of the jars.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.1 cm x 8 cm; 3 31/32 in x 3 5/32 in
place made
Deutschland: Bayern, Nuremberg
ID Number
1991.0664.0724
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05936
collector/donor number
SAP 648
catalog number
1991.0664.0724
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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