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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar, albarello
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
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
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 571
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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