Earthenware drug jar, China,

Made:
before 1930 in China
maker:
Unknown

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Earthenware drug jar, probably for holding ginger, with wooden stopper, Chinese

Apothecaries used vessels to store materials such as dried herbs, minerals and other medicines. This Chinese earthenware drug jar has a wooden stopper. It is decorated with a waterside scene. Mountains and a tiered traditional dwelling are in the foreground. It is thought to have stored ginger (Zingiber officinale). This root has medicinal and culinary purposes.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A645109
Materials:
glazed ceramic and wood
type:
drug jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle