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Polychrome, Renaissance-style box

<p>Polychrome, Renaissance-style box showing the image of John the Evangelist.</p>

Polychrome, Renaissance-style box showing the image of John the Evangelist.

Other important exhibits in the Esteva Pharmacy include these polychrome, Renaissance-style boxes. This box shows the image of John the Evangelist, who, according to legend, miraculously passed a test to drink a glass of poison, the poison became a snake, and thereafter the snake was the traditional symbol pharmacies.

The box was used to conserve herbs and other ground products. The lid is painted red with the inscription of the product it contains: R.GENT PATIEN (Gentiana lutea). (Great yellow gentian).

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