Albarello drug jar used to store savin oil, Italy, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Italy
maker:
Unknown

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Blue and white albarello vase, used for savin oil, North Italy, 1701-1800

The inscription Estratto di Sabina translates from Latin as “Extract of Savin”. This refers to a species of juniper, whose berries would have been pressed and infused with olive oil to make the treatment.

A pharmacy text from the 1730s recommended its use for easing the pain of childbirth and for asthma. Just over a hundred years later, the same treatment was used to control menstrual bleeding and to treat or prevent infections caused by parasitic worms.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A631906
type:
drug jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Buel, O.