This bulbous drug jar has a long neck and flared foot. The white tin glazed background is decorated with a cobalt blue cartouche created by C scrolls, swags, and the head of an angel. Atop the cartouche are two angels flanking the mark, “IHS” with a cross above the H and three nails below.

The center of the cartouche is marked, “A: HYSSOPI:.” Hyssop is a plant native to the Mediterranean and is used as an expectorant, and a stimulant, and for pulmonary disorders. Hyssop was often administered as an infusion or tea.

Apothecary jars were produced in many towns and cities throughout the Netherlands. The Dutch containers in the Bristol Myers Squibb Collection are decorated with cobalt blue over a white tin glaze. Among the most common decorative motifs found on Dutch apothecary jars are peacocks, stags and angels.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Netherlands

Subject: Pharmacy


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Related Publication: Wittop Koning, D.A.. Delftse Apothekers Potten, Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection, Pharmacy In History

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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0835Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-06047Collector/Donor Number: SAP 759Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0835

Object Name: jarjar

Physical Description: ceramic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 26 cm x 15 cm; 10 1/4 in x 5 29/32 inoverall: 10 1/8 in x 5 7/8 in; 25.7175 cm x 14.9225 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-a508-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_994287

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