Drug jar for cinchona bark

1701-1730 in Castelli

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Tin glazed earthenware pharmacy vase, decorated with apostles and for cinchona bark, Castelli ?, Italian, 1701-1730

This earthenware jar was used to store cinchona bark. Cinchona was used to prevent heavy bleeding and diarrhoea but is better known as a source of quinine. The active ingredient of cinchona bark, quinine was used for pain relief and to prevent fevers but was primarily a treatment for malaria.

The jar is painted with the figures of the Christian Apostles (the twelve original followers of Jesus) and is believed to be from the Castelli region of Italy.

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Medical Ceramic-ware
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Vase: 270 mm 126 mm,
lid: 100 mm 159 mm,
drug jar
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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