VITAE

Description
This blown and molded square-shaped bottle has a narrow neck and a flared lip. The baked white enamel shield is framed by stylized blue leaves with red and yellow flowers. A yellow crown sits atop the shield. The alchemical symbol for spirits is just above the word VITAE in black. Spirits of life could have referred to mercury, or to a variety of distilled spirits, including alcohol. The jar is illustrated on page 24 in the Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11.8 cm x 5 cm x 4.8 cm; 4 5/8 in x 1 15/16 in x 1 7/8 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0354
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05504
collector/donor number
SAP 215
catalog number
1991.0664.0354
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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