Earthenware pharmacy jar

1644-1911 in China

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Earthenware pharmacy jar, glazed, Chinese, Ching dynasty (1644-1911) Full view, black background.
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Earthenware pharmacy jar, glazed, with lid, Chinese, Ching dynasty (1644-1911)

Vessels such as this earthenware pharmacy jar were used by apothecaries. They stored materials such as dried herbs, minerals and other medicines. This Chinese example dates from the Ching dynasty (1644-1911). It is decorated with cherry blossom and bamboo leaves. These are widely used motifs within Asian cultures. The jar is very large and heavy. A small spout is formed in the shape of an anthropomorphic figure (part human, part animal). The vessel stored liquids.

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Asian Medicine
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drug jar
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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