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.
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