Dispensing pot for laudanum, Italy, 1771-1830

Italian pharmacy vase, early C19 polychrome maiolica Italian pharmacy vase, early C19 polychrome maiolica Dispensing pot for laudanum, Italy, 1771-1830 (dispensing pot) Italian pharmacy vase, early C19 polychrome maiolica

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Italian pharmacy vase, early C19 polychrome maiolica
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Italian pharmacy vase, early C19 polychrome maiolica
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Italian pharmacy vase, early C19 polychrome maiolica
Science Museum Group Collection
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Italian pharmacy vase, early C19 polychrome maiolica, perhaps Ligurian, inscribed 'LAUD:NEP:QUERC', empty.

Some of the ingredients used in medical treatments seem to belong to the world of fantasy rather than pharmacy. On the far left is a dispensing pot labelled “LAUD:NEP:QUERC”. This is laudanum, a treatment made from opium, gold and pearls. Mixed with a powdered bezoar stone from the stomach of an animal and shavings of mythical unicorn horn, the medicine was given to aid sleep and ease pain. The jar, one of four shown here, was presented as a gift to the Wellcome collection on the previous owner’s death in 1932.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A112513
Materials:
ceramic, complete and empty
Measurements:
overall: 147 mm 104 mm, .31kg
type:
dispensing pot
credit:
Wellcome Trust