Dispensing pot for powdered quinine

Made:
1801-1830 in Liguria

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Italian pharmacy vase, early C19 polychrome, perhaps Ligurian, used for powdered quinine

The Latin inscription in full painted on the front is Polvere China China, meaning “Quinine powder”. Quinine is used for pain relief and to prevent fevers and for a long time was the primary treatment for malaria. The earthenware dispensing pot has a lid to protect its contents and would have been used in a pharmacy to store or sell the powder.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A112537
type:
dispensing pot
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Canney, V.