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Wet drug jar

ca. 1710
Origin: England, London (probably)
H: 7 1/2"
Tin-glazed earthenware (delft)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1982-198
Globular jar with high pedestal base, everted rim, knopped spout, and strap-loop handle (partly missing). Bluish tin glaze decorated in blue with standard dragon cartouche, inscribed "OXYMEL SCILL." Base glazed.
Label:Oxymel Scilliticum was made from the bulb of a sea onion, which was mixed with clarified honey and vinegar and reduced to a syrupy consistency. Greek and Roman physicians used it to treat chest ailments.
Provenance:Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., London
Mark(s):No
Inscription(s):"OXYMEL SCILL"