A: HYSSOPI

Description
This bulbous drug jar has a long neck and flared foot. The white tin glazed background is decorated with a cobalt blue cartouche created by C scrolls, swags, and the head of an angel. Atop the cartouche are two angels flanking the mark, “IHS” with a cross above the H and three nails below.
The center of the cartouche is marked, “A: HYSSOPI:.” Hyssop is a plant native to the Mediterranean and is used as an expectorant, and a stimulant, and for pulmonary disorders. Hyssop was often administered as an infusion or tea.
Apothecary jars were produced in many towns and cities throughout the Netherlands. The Dutch containers in the Bristol Myers Squibb Collection are decorated with cobalt blue over a white tin glaze. Among the most common decorative motifs found on Dutch apothecary jars are peacocks, stags and angels.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
jar
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26 cm x 15 cm; 10 1/4 in x 5 29/32 in
overall: 10 1/8 in x 5 7/8 in; 25.7175 cm x 14.9225 cm
place made
Netherlands
ID Number
1991.0664.0835
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-06047
collector/donor number
SAP 759
catalog number
1991.0664.0835
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Religion
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
See more items in
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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