VERBASC

Description
This blown and molded square-shaped drug bottle has a flared lip and rounded shoulders. The baked enamel label is framed by a yellow baroque-style cartouche. The white interior is marked with an upside- down triangle, the alchemical symbol for water, and, VERBASC Verbascum is a flowering plant native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. The leaf was used to make tea to ease coughs and bronchial ailments. Oil from the plant was used to make a topical application for skin irritations.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 19.5 cm x 9.6 cm x 9.6 cm; 7 11/16 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0351
catalog number
M-05500
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 212
catalog number
1991.0664.0351
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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