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Ung d althea

Ung d althea

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This waisted drug jar has a flared foot and a deep blue glaze over a white background. The jar is decorated with stylized flowers and leaves on the upper and lower shoulders. The label at the center of the waist is marked, Ung d althea. The jar would have contained an ointment made from the Althaea, or marshmallow plant. The ointment was often taken from the roots of the plant and used as an emollient and demulcent (an oily substance to relieve a sore mucous membrane). This jar belongs to a set of drug containers seen in objects 1991.0664.0589 through 1991.0664.0596.
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Object Name
syrup jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 19 cm x 13.5 cm; 7 15/32 in x 5 5/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 520
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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