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Dry drug jar.
Additional Title(s):
U. sambuc.
London, Bristol, or Wincanton, England, circa 1740.
Physical Description:
1 jar : white delftware ; 19 cm high x 14 cm in diameter
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Spencer Jar 9
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of James N. Spencer and Kathleen Moretto Spencer
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
The inscription means "unguentum sambucinum" or "ointment of bark, flowers and berries of the elder (sambucus nigra)."
“A good Ingredient for all those compositions which are intended against distempers from obstructions of the viscera, and particularly of the liver and the kidneys; for it mightily cleanses the former, and promotes the passage and separation of urine through the latter. It is likewise accounted a good antiscorbutick, and given in many compositions of that Intention.” See J. Quincy, A compleat English dispensatory, 1718, p. 139.
Title from Spencer.
Spencer, K. M. James N. Spencer Collection of English Delftware Apothecary Jars, 9
The apothecary jar is ovoid with rounded shoulders, tapering slightly toward the base with a small ridged neck and partly glazed rim. The body of the jar is decorated in blue with a cherub and shell design. The jar is a fishtail-pellet variety. The underside of the base is glazed and bears a blue "X." See Spencer Collection.
Drug jars
Ceramic (material)
Tin glaze
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