Albarello drug jar used for cinchona bark

Made:
1731-1770 in Spain
maker:
Unknown

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Tin glazed earthenware albarello, used for cinchona bark, Spanish, mid 18th century

The inscription “Cort Calisay” gives an indication as to what the earthenware albarello would have contained. Calisaya is another name for cinchona bark. The active ingredient in cinchona is quinine. Quinine is used for pain relief and to prevent fevers and for a long time was the primary treatment for malaria. Calisay or Calisaya is also a strong, bitter alcoholic liqueur made from cinchona bark in the Catalonia region of Spain .

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A97758
type:
drug jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Witz, L.