Cantaride prep

Description (Brief)
This albarello-shaped drug jar has a light blue under glaze, and is decorated with cobalt blue flowers and birds. The escroll at the waist is marked in black gothic script with the cold technique Cantaride prep. Cantharides is powdered Spanish flies. It was applied to the skin and sometimes used as a blistering agent.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 25.3 cm x 18 cm; 9 31/32 in x 7 3/32 in
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 561
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
Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850

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