BOLUS ALBUS

Description
This drug jar is marked BOLUS ALBUS. Bolus is a sticky clay-like substance which can be shaped into a pill. In Healing Earths: A History of Minerals in Medicine, W. Rudolph Reinbacher refers to Bolus Albus as a German pharmaceutical term.
George Urdang, author of The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue attributes containers 1991.0664.0760 through 1991.0664.0825 to 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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1790-1810
place made
Germany
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16.2 cm x 10.7 cm; 6 3/8 in x 4 3/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0819
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
1991.0664.0819
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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