Tin-glazed earthenware albarello, polychrome used for horse fat, possibly Castel Durante, Italian, 1620
Animal fats were used as a common base for a number of ointments. Each animal was credited with special properties. The jar on the left is labelled in Latin, Grasso di Cavalo, which translates to “Horse Fat”. Horse fat was believed to be a cure for cramp and dislocated joints. It is shown here with a drug jar for badger fat (A42514).
- Medical Ceramic-ware
- Object Number:
- drug jar
- furnishing and equipment
- container - receptacle
- Robinson & Fisher
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