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Drug Jar for Mithridate and Drug Jar for Theriac
Attributed to Annibale Fontana (Italian, about 1540 - 1587)
Milan (possibly), Northern Italy, Italy (Place Created)
Terracotta with white paint and gilt exterior and glazed interior
Designed as a pair, these elaborately modeled drug jars were made to contain mithridatum and theriac, used as antidotes to poisons, to ward off the plague, and as general cure-alls. They were among the most highly prized and complex drugs in the
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