Blue and white albarello vase, used for savin oil, North Italy, 1701-1800
The inscription Estratto di Sabina translates from Latin as “Extract of Savin”. This refers to a species of juniper, whose berries would have been pressed and infused with olive oil to make the treatment.
A pharmacy text from the 1730s recommended its use for easing the pain of childbirth and for asthma. Just over a hundred years later, the same treatment was used to control menstrual bleeding and to treat or prevent infections caused by parasitic worms.
- Medical Ceramic-ware
- Object Number:
- drug jar
- furnishing and equipment
- container - receptacle
- Buel, O.
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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