ACET BEZOARD

Description
This bottle marked ACET BEZOARD would have contained Acetum Bezoardicum, or Bezoar Vinegar. Bezoars were small “stones” found in the stomachs of goats and similar species. The animal would eat something that it could not digest, and wood, straw, hair, grass, herbs, and the like would get caught on the object, creating a bezoar. Bezoar Vinegar was used as a medication for a variety of ailments including fevers, plagues, and poisonings. Bezoars were eventually substituted for various salts and herbs in a vinegar solution.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16.2 cm x 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm; 6 3/8 in x 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0295
catalog number
M-05444
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 153
catalog number
1991.0664.0295
subject
Pharmacy
Art
European Apothecary
Health & Medicine
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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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