ELECTVARIUM DUCIS

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Description
This is a blue, yellow, and green tin–glazed waisted drug jar. The jar is decorated with a female mythological figure with a swan in one hand and flowers in the other, set against a landscape. On either side of the figure are vertical bands of foliage. An escrol above the figure is marked “ELECTVARIUM DUCIS.” The jar would have contained an electuary (a medicine mixed with honey into a paste) formulated for the Duke of Savoy. An electuary was taken orally, and this preparation was used to relieve flatulence and indigestion.
Location
Currently not on view
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 28.5 cm x 16.6 cm; 11 7/32 in x 6 17/32 in
overall: 11 1/2 in x 6 1/8 in; 29.21 cm x 15.5575 cm
ID Number
1991.0664.0647
catalog number
M-05859
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 571
catalog number
1991.0664.0647
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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