Pil agar

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 12.2 cm x 9 cm; 4 13/16 in x 3 17/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 594
catalog number
Health & 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

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