Earthenware drug jar, China, 618-906CE
Apothecaries used vessels to store dried herbs, minerals and other medicines. This earthenware jar example dates from the late T'ang dynasty (618-906CE). It has a glazed surface. This means it could be easily cleaned. Small delicate handles indicate it was not meant for heavy substances.
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Glossary: drug jar
A (usually earthenware) container designed to hold apothecaries' ointments and dry drugs.
The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.