OL RUTHAE

Description
This blown glass urn-shaped drug jar has a long neck and applied foot. Containers of this shape were called "noennchen" or, little nuns. The white circular baked enamel label is surrounded by a blue border with a bow at the top. The label reads OL RUTHAE in black text. The jar would have contained Oil of Rue, which was oil from the common rue plant (also known as Herb-of-Grace) which was prescribed for its antimicrobial properties and as an abortifactant.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th-19th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 cm x 4.7 cm; 4 5/16 in x 1 7/8 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0403
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05552
collector/donor number
SAP 264
catalog number
1991.0664.0403
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Religion
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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