Pharmacy jar, Italian,1520-1560.

Image number: 10284144

Pharmacy jar, Italian,1520-1560.

This jar is from Deruta, a town near Perugia in central Italy, famous for manufacturing ceramics. It contained mercury ungent, or ointment. Mercurial ointment was first used for the treatment of skin diseases and later specifically for syphilis.

Image number:
10284144
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:29
Image rights:
Science Museum