ESS ASSA FOXTIDAE

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 ESS ASSA FOETIDAE in black text, with the first initial of each word in red. Assafoetidae (asafetida) is the gum resin from a variety of plants belonging to the ferula genus. The Essence of Assafoetidae would have been used as an antispasmodic, an expectorant, or a diuretic.
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 6.7 cm; 5 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 5/8 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0322
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05471
collector/donor number
SAP 180
catalog number
1991.0664.0322
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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