Ext. Coclearia

This albarello drug jar depicts two lions flanking a cartouche topped by a crown. The interior of the cartouche has a cross flanked on the left by the letter P and on the right by the letter A. The jar is very similar in style to the ones seen in objects 1991.0664.0669–.0673. The jar is labeled “Ext. Coclearia” and would have contained an extract of cochlearia from the Cochlearia officinalis plant. The extract was used as a mild stimulant, diuretic, and antiscorbutic to treat scurvy.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 11 cm x 8.2 cm; 4 11/32 in x 3 7/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 596
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & 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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