Description (Brief)
"GUMMI TRAGAGANT" was used to increase the viscosity of a liquid. It is also used as a suspending agent for drugs. It is a low growing shrub found around the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The gum substance is extracted from the stem.
George Urdang co-author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributes the containers 1991.0664.0760 through 1991.0664.0825 to Hanau in the late 18th century based on the floral design surrounding the medallion and the initials "HN" on the bottom of many of the jars in the series. However, in a letter to museum curators dated August 1983, the pharmaceutical historian and scholar Wolfgang-Hagen Hein wrote that those without initials and those marked "FH" were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse twenty-three miles southwest of Hanau.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 16 cm x 10.4 cm; 6 5/16 in x 4 1/8 in
place made
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 703
catalog number
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
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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