Snake-shaped storage jar, Europe, 1801–1900

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Snake-shaped storage jar, Europe, 1801–1900. 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). Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: dnxe5xgq.

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