Pil agar

Description
This albarello drug jar depicts two lions flanking a cartouche that is topped by a crown. The interior of the cartouche has a cross between the letter P at left and the letter A on the right. The jar is very similar in style to the ones seen in objects 1991.0664.0669–.0673. The jar is labeled with the text “Pil. Agar” in black gothic text. The jar would have contained Pillules Agarico, or pills of Agaric. Agaric refers to a fungus formed into a pill with other ingredients such as myrrh and sapa and used as a styptic (to staunch bleeding) and an expectorant.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12.2 cm x 9 cm; 4 13/16 in x 3 17/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0670
catalog number
M-05882
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 594
catalog number
1991.0664.0670
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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