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Storage jar, Middle East, 1801-1920

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Stored inside this earthenware jar are unidentified medical treatments or ingredients. They are likely made from plants and other natural products. Such jars once filled a Middle Eastern pharmacy. The jar’s contents are protected using an age-old technique of a parchment or vellum cover tied with string. An Arabic newspaper has been used in this case.

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Glossary: storage jar

A jar used to store objects or substances.

Glossary: materia medica

A Latin medical term sometimes used to refer to medical substances.