The Science and Art of Medicine


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Walnut homeopathic medicine chest, with bottles, late 19th century.

Walnut homeopathic medicine chest, with 34 glass bottles, all labelled, and accompanying treatise on homeopathic medicine, 2nd half of the 19th century

Two pharmacy jars, French, 1725-1775.

Pharmacy storage, jar, French, Hustin factory, 1725-1775, polychrome faience, used for bugloss by Carmelites

Spanish jug, possibly 17th century.

Tin-glazed earthenware jug, polychrome decoration, illustrates administration of an enema, with inscription, Spanish

Two pharmacy jars, 1723-1763.

Tin-glazed earthenware drug jar, peacock motif, used for hiera picra electuary, by the Porcelain Dish factory, Dutch, 1723-1763

Persian pharmacy jar, 12th century.

Earthenware albarello, glazed, Persian, 12th century

Italian pharmacy jar, 1641.

Albarello vase, Italian, from Rome or Deruta, 1641, polychrome maiolica, used for theriaca by the Jesuits

Two pharmacy jars, 18th century.

Italian pharmacy vase, 18th century polychrome maiolica made at Castelli, used for lily water

Pharmacy jar, Italian,1520-1560.

Albarello vase, Italian, fine specimen from Deruta, 16th century buff and rich blue maiolica, used for mercury unguent


A container of Crategus vegetarian capsules, prepared at the Mohsin Institute, Leicester, in 2005. They contain a mixture of raw herbs prepared by a Hakim (Unani Tibb doctor) at the Institute. Hakims practising in Britain often work with traditional


A container of Trifola Ayurvedic paste, designed to help digestion. This classic Ayurvedic mixture is now also used by Unani Tibb practitioners. Unlike many Tibb preparations, it has a bitter taste and should be taken in the evening with warm water o