Jar, Elec. Rosal Sol

Description
This wide mouthed waisted drug jar has a yellow square border that frames a scene with a monk kneeling in prayer in front of a tree. The jar bears the text Elect. Rosat. Sol. The jar would have contained Electuary Rosatus Solutivus, a solution made from rose petals and sweetened with the addition of sugar. The solution was used as an aperient, or appetite stimulant. In a letter dated 7 October 1983, pharmaceutical historian and author Dr. D. A. Wittop Koning speculates that this drug jar is probably not authentic.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
16th century
Date made
1756
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15.3 cm x 12.3 cm; 6 1/32 in x 4 27/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0513
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05725
collector/donor number
SAP 437
catalog number
1991.0664.0513
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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