Snake-shaped storage jar, Europe, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Left hand side: A633618, Storage in form of serpent, Italian, 1801-1900, majolica. Right hand side: A633617, Storage
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Storage jar in form of serpent, perhaps Italian, 1801-1900, majolica

Used in a pharmacy or an apothecary shop, this unusual snake-like storage jar is made of earthenware. The original contents of this jar are unknown, but snakes have had links with medicine since ancient Greek times when they were connected with Asklepios, the Greek and Roman god of medicine. The jar is shown here with a similar example (A633618).

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A633617
type:
storage jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • storage vessel
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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