Blue earthenware storage jar with paper cover

Made:
1801-1920 in Middle East
maker:
Unknown

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Roughly glazed blue earthenware jar with newspaper cover, containing unidentified materia medica, probably from Middle or Far East, 1801-1920

Stored inside this earthenware jar are unidentified medical treatments or ingredients. They are likely made from plants and other natural products. Such jars once filled a Middle Eastern pharmacy. The jar’s contents are protected using an age-old technique of a parchment or vellum cover tied with string. An Arabic newspaper has been used in this case.

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Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A659366
Materials:
earthenware (glazed) and wrapping, paper, newspaper
type:
storage jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • storage vessel
  • drug

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