AMYLUM

Description (Brief)
"AMYLUM" is another name for starch found in the seeds, roots and tubers of plants. It is used to thicken liquids and bind ingredients. In the eighteenth century it was used in enemas to curb diarrhea.
Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang attributes the containers 1991.0664.0760 through 1991.0664.0825 to the town of Hanau in the late 18th century based on the floral design surrounding the medallion and, the initials "HN" on the bottom of many of the jars in the series. However, in a letter to museum curators dated August 1983, the pharmaceutical historian Wolfgang-Hagen Hein wrote that the containers without initials and those marked "FH" were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse twenty-three miles southwest of Hanau.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
1790-1810
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16.3 cm x 10.5 cm; 6 7/16 in x 4 1/8 in
place made
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0795
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 719
catalog number
1991.0664.0795
subject
Pharmacy
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Art
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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