This blown and molded square–shaped bottle has a baked enamel white oval cartouche which is outlined with blue vines, red and yellow flowers and a three pointed crown. The cartouche is marked ELIX PPT. The Roman numeral "VIII" is etched into the jar’s shoulder. ELIX PPT likely stood for Elixir Proprietatis, or Paracelsus’ Elixir. This elixir was composed of saffron, aloe, and myrrh, and was used as a stimulant, stomachic, and cathartic. Paracelsus touted it as a concoction to continue health and long life.
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Object Name
bottle and stopper
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 13.7 cm x 5 cm x 4.7 cm; 5 13/32 in x 1 31/32 in x 1 27/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 264
catalog number
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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