SANGUIS DRACONIS

Description
SANGUIS DRACONIS or Dragons Blood is a gum resin taken from the berries of palm trees. It was used by the Greeks, Romans and peoples of Asia and the Middle-East as a dye. It was also used for medicinal purposes including respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments. Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang author of The Squibb Ancient Apothecary Catalogue attributes 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 curators dated August 1983, the pharmaceutical historian Wolfgang-Hagen Hein wrote that the containers without initials and those marked FH were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse twenty-three miles southwest of Hanau.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
1790-1810
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15.8 cm x 11 cm; 6 1/4 in x 4 5/16 in
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0804
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
1991.0664.0804
subject
Pharmacy
Medicine
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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