VISC QUERC

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 loss.
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, "VISC QUERC" and the alchemical symbol for powder above the label. Viscum Quercinum is Latin for oak mistletoe. This jar would have contained powdered oak mistletoe, used as an antispasmodic, tonic, and narcotic.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
17th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16.7 cm x 12.5 cm; 6 9/16 in x 4 29/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0346
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05495
collector/donor number
SAP 207
catalog number
1991.0664.0346
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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