OL: CARVI

Description
This square bottle with its separate dome–shaped cover probably contained an extract made from caraway seeds. The baked enamel label is marked, "OL: CARVI." The bottle would have contained Oil of Carui, or oil of caraway seeds. This oil was used as a stomachic (to improve appetite and digestion), a carminative (to ease flatulence), or as a diuretic.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
Measurements
overall: 10.7 cm x 4.2 cm x 4.2 cm; 4 7/32 in x 1 21/32 in x 1 21/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0461
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05610
collector/donor number
SAP 322
catalog number
1991.0664.0461.01
1991.0664.0461.02
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: 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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