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Earthenware drug jar, China,

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Apothecaries used vessels to store materials such as dried herbs, minerals and other medicines. This Chinese earthenware drug jar has a wooden stopper. It is decorated with a waterside scene. Mountains and a tiered traditional dwelling are in the foreground. It is thought to have stored ginger (Zingiber officinale). This root has medicinal and culinary purposes.

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Glossary: drug jar

A (usually earthenware) container designed to hold apothecaries' ointments and dry drugs.

Glossary: pharmacy

The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.