Drug jar for Conserve of Alexandrian Roses, Venice, Italy, 1 The inscription painted on this earthenware jar is a …

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Drug jar for Conserve of Alexandrian Roses, Venice, Italy, 1 The inscription painted on this earthenware jar is a shortened form of the Latin phrase Conserva di Rose Alessandrino, which translates as “Conserve of Alexandrian Roses”. The petals of these roses would have first been pounded in a mortar along with sugar. Once a jam-like product had been formed, the treatment would be taken orally, acting as a strong laxative. The vase is decorated with the figure of a soldier in Italian armour and dress. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: brkfg3tu.

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