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Pharmacy jar, Italy, 1730-1750

This pharmacy jar is illustrated with scenes of a circumcision and three devils’ heads. Entwined snakes form the handles. The large jar, measuring 660 mm in height, was used and owned by the Order of Minims (or Minimes), a Christian religious order for men founded in 1435. Religious orders were one of the main sources of medical care for the poor in Europe.

Object number:

A631895

Related Themes and Topics

 

Glossary:

Glossary: drug jar

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

Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.

Glossary: circumcision

Surgical removal of the foreskin around the penis. Usually for religious or ethical reasons, but may also be done for medical reasons.