Syrup jar for Syrup of Roses, Venice, Italy, 1601-1700

Made:
1601-1700 in Venice

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Blue and white pharmacy vase used for rose syrup, from Faenza or Venice with coat of arms, Italy, 1620-1720

The abbreviated inscription Sciroppo Rosato Solutivo translates into English as “Laxative Syrup of Roses”. It was made from 5 lb (2.6 kg) of pale roses and 4 lb (2.6 kg) of sugar, which were heated to a syrupy consistency. This syrup was then used to treat fevers and purge bile from the body by acting as a laxative. The mixture was probably taken as a drink or by the spoonful and would have been very sweet.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A631890
Materials:
coat of arms and pottery, blue on white, yellow background to
type:
syrup jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drug jar