Tin-glazed earthenware albarello, polychrome decoration on white groung, labelled "SOLIMATO", possibly Derutan, Italian, 16th-18th century
Mercury compounds were traditional treatments for syphilis – a once very common, potentially deadly venereal disease. But this toxic treatment slowly poisoned the patient. Sublimate of Mercury, if soaked into a piece of cloth and carried next to the heart, was also believed to protect against plague. The earthenware drug jar has a badge painted on the side, probably referring to an Italian pharmacy.
- Medical Ceramic-ware
- Object Number:
- drug jar
- furnishing and equipment
- container - receptacle
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