Ung: Basilicon


This baluster–shaped drug jar has a white background with two continuous rings of blue, orange, and yellow stylized flowers encircling the container at the top and bottom. The foot has a scalloped rim and a vine of tiny flowers and leaves. The lid is flat and round, with an applied vine and red fruit handle. The waist of the jar bears the text “Ung Basilicon.” Unguentum basilicon, or basilicon ointment, was also known as “sovereign ointment.” The ointment had a few different recipes, but generally consisted of yellow wax, refined fat, resin, and olive oil. The ointment was used as a vulnerary ointment to remove corrupted blood from wounds, and as an emollient.

Date Made: 18th century

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France

Subject: Pharmacy


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Related Publication: Boger, Louise Ade. The Dictionary of World Pottery and Porcelain, Drey, Rudolf E.A.. Apothecary Jars, Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

Credit Line: Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0681Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-058931991.0664.0681.011991.0664.0681.02Collector/Donor Number: SAP 605

Object Name: jarOther Terms: jar; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: ceramic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 20 cm x 12 cm; 7 7/8 in x 4 23/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-8807-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_993542

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