ELEC. HIERA PICRA COMP

Description
This urn–shaped drug container has a flared foot. The mouth of the jar is covered and tied to the container by a piece of string. The label has been applied with a cold paint technique in the rococo style. The white escutcheon is outlined in gold and framed with vines of red and blue flowers. The label is marked ELEC. HIERA PICRA COMP. Jars 1991.0664.405 through 1991.0664.0408 contained electuaries, blends of various herbs, water, honey and sugar to form a paste. This jar contained an electuary of hiera picra composito, also known as Holy Bitters. The electuary was a tincture of aloe, saffron, cinnamon, and other ingredients, and was used as a cathartic to stimulate bowel movements
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.8 cm x 11 cm; 4 1/4 in x 4 11/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0405
catalog number
M-05554
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 266
catalog number
1991.0664.0405
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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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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