ELEC. DE OVO

Description
This urn–shaped drug container has a wide mouth and applied flared foot. The paint 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 DE OVO"
Jars 1991.0664.405 through 1991.0664.0408 contained electuaries, blends of various herbs, water, honey and sugar to form a paste. Electarium de ovo is an electuary made from eggs and other ingredients that was used as an antidote to poison or to combat the plague.
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 8.8 cm; 4 1/4 in x 3 15/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0406
catalog number
M-05555
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 267
catalog number
1991.0664.0406
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
See more items in
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

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.