ELIX PPT PARAG

Description
This blown and molded square–shaped glass bottle has a narrow neck and rounded shoulders. The white baked enamel label is framed by a baroque–style blue and yellow cartouche. The label reads ELIX PPT PARAG in black text, with the first initial of each word in red. The jar would have contained a prepared Paregoric Elixir. This elixir was a mixture of opium that often contained other herbs like benzoin, camphor, or anis. The elixir was a soothing tonic that served as a narcotic and a cough suppressant.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 cm x 7 cm x 7.2 cm; 5 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 27/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0321
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05470
collector/donor number
SAP 321
catalog number
1991.0664.0321
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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