TART TARTAR

Description
This square-shaped blown and molded glass apothecary jar has a baked enamel baroque-style blue and yellow cartouche on its front. It is labeled TART TARTAR in black, with the first letter in each word in red. Tartar, also known as cream of tartar, or potassium bitartrate is a byproduct of the wine making process, crystallizing from the pulp and skins of grapes called must, in the fermenting barrel. Tartar was used as a diuretic and as a cathartic.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11.5 cm x 7 cm x 7.4 cm; 4 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 15/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0342
catalog number
M-05491
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 203
catalog number
1991.0664.0342
subject
Pharmacy
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & 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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