Syrup jar for Oil of Puppy Dogs, Italy, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Veneto
maker:
Unknown

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Italian syrup jar, early C18 blue and white probably from Veneto, used for oil of puppydogs

Oglio di Cagnolini is Italian for “Oil of Puppy Dogs”. A recipe from 1696 recommends boiling two live puppies (less than nine days old) with Oil of Violets until the bones break down before adding 1 lb (0.45 kg ) of earthworms (probably live) and wine. The mixture was boiled and the resulting oil used to soothe aches and pains.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A631983
type:
syrup jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • drug jar