This turned conical-shaped, wooden drug jar and lid is painted green and has a faded yellow and red medallion. The front of the jar is marked "GRAN/TILLI".
The conservator who worked on this object was able to see at least one earlier design under the green paint, centered on what is now the back of the container. The second design was detected with infra red videocom. The letters "A D" can be seen, as well as two layers of superimposed letters. It is likely this container was used to store several different types of medecinal plant material. Often an apothecary reused a container by removing the one label and replacing it with another.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 21 cm x 8.5 cm; 8 1/4 in x 3 3/8 in
place made
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 808
catalog number
European Apothecary
Wood Drug Jars
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Wood Drug Jars
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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