ELIX PPT

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
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
1991.0664.0385
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05534
collector/donor number
SAP 264
catalog number
1991.0664.0385.01
1991.0664.0385.02
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
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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