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Unguentum Dialtea

Unguentum Dialtea

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This blue monochrome albarello-shaped drug jar has a stylized cobalt-blue floral motif with a cross-hatch band just above the shoulder and foot. An escroll in the center of the container is inscribed in gothic script, u dialtea. This jar would have contained Unguentum Dialthaea, an ointment made from the gummy extract of the roots of the Althaea officinalis, also known as the Marshmallow. The ointment was used to soothe irritated throats and to relieve coughs.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1500
Date made
1500 - 1550
place made
Italy: Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 17.3 cm x 12.5 cm; 6 13/16 in x 4 29/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 419
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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