Earthenware jar containing medical preparations, India, 1801-1920
Labelled in Urdu and now empty, the blue earthenware jar would have contained medical treatments made by Hakims (physicians) to treat patients. Hakims are trained in Unani Tibb, an Islamic medical tradition. Health and personality are influenced by a person’s unique combination of humours, or elements, and their relationship with the environment. Illness occurs when the humours become unbalanced. Treatment is tailored to suit the individual’s specific mix of humours. The jar may have contained ma’jun. This is a herbal medicine mixed with honey to make the treatment taste sweet and maintain its freshness. Honey is also believed to have healing properties.
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