Cantaride prep

Description (Brief):

This albarello-shaped drug jar has a light blue under glaze, and is decorated with cobalt blue flowers and birds. The escroll at the waist is marked in black gothic script with the cold technique Cantaride prep. Cantharides is powdered Spanish flies. It was applied to the skin and sometimes used as a blistering agent.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: PharmacyMedicine


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Related Publication: Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection, Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850

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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0637Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 561Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0637

Object Name: albarelloOther Terms: jar; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: ceramic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 25.3 cm x 18 cm; 9 31/32 in x 7 3/32 in


Record Id: nmah_994525

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