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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
albarello
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 25.3 cm x 18 cm; 9 31/32 in x 7 3/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0637
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 561
catalog number
1991.0664.0637
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Medicine
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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