ERYSIPELAT

Description
This dark green blown glass jar has a wide mouth to accommodate dried plant material. The label is applied with the cold paint method. Unlike the enamel labels, there is no baking involved. Therefore it is not unusual to find the label has been badly scratched and suffered severe paint losses.
The decoration appears as an upside–down heart outlined in red with a stylized flower at the top. The label is marked in red and black with the alchemical symbol for powder and the text ERYSIPELAT. Eryspelas is a bacterial infection that results in skin lesions. The powder in this jar could have been used to treat the symptoms.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
17th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15 cm x 12.5 cm; 5 29/32 in x 4 29/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0345
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05494
collector/donor number
SAP 206
catalog number
1991.0664.0345
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

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