ELEC MITHRIDAT. ANDROMACH

Description
The label of this urn–shaped blown glass has been applied with the cold paint technique in the rococo style. The white escutcheon is outlined in gold and framed with vines of red and blue flowers, and is marked ELEC.MITHRIDAT.ANDROMACH.
Jars 1991.0664.405 through 1991.0664.0408 contained electuaries, blends of various herbs, water, honey and sugar that form a paste. Named after Mithradates, King of Pontus, this medicine was touted as an antidote for poisoning. Andromachus, Nero’s physician, refined the Mithridatum remedy into this concoction. Minthradatum Andromachus would have contained over 50 ingredients, but its active ingredient was opium.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13.5 cm x 10.3 cm; 5 5/16 in x 4 1/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0407
catalog number
M-05556
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 268
catalog number
1991.0664.0407
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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