Description (Brief)
Carved wooden sculpture of three animals, possibly a dog. Made from one block of wood. The sculpture has retained traces of paint. In Greek and Roman mythology the Cerberus is a three headed dog that guards the gates to Hades. Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributres this piece to the 16th century.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 22.5 cm x 24.5 cm x 15 cm; 8 7/8 in x 9 5/8 in x 5 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 1088
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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