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Earthenware drug jar, Syria, 1101-1200

The design of this Islamic drug jar is typical for the region in terms of size, shape and decoration – although they are very difficult to date because the style changed very little over time. The jar’s contents would have been protected using an age-old technique – a parchment or vellum cover tied with string. This jar was made in Persia – modern day Iran.

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Glossary: drug jar

A (usually earthenware) container designed to hold apothecaries' ointments and dry drugs.