The interior of the medallion of this jar is marked, MUSCUS HELMINTOCH Muscus helminithocortos is a mixture of lichen, plants, and zoophytes meant to rid the patient of intestinal worms.
This majolica drug jar has a wide mouth and a whitish gray glaze. The jar is decorated with a painted garland of blue and purple flowers with green leaves framing a yellow and black oval medallion. The bottom of the jar is marked HN.
Pharmacy historian George Urdang 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 Wolfgang Hagen Hein wrote that he believes the containers without and those marked FH were made in Florsheim in the Germanstate of Hesse.
Currently not on view
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date made
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 16.1 cm x 11 cm; 6 11/32 in x 4 11/32 in
overall: 6 3/8 in x 4 3/8 in; 16.1925 cm x 11.1125 cm
place made
Deutschland: Hessen, Hanau
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 733
catalog number
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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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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