EXTR. LAUDANI THEOPHRAST VITAE

Description
The label of this urn–shaped blown glass jar is 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, EXTR. LAUDANI THEOPHRAST VITAE"
Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493–1541), more commonly known as Paracelsus, was a Swiss physician who is notable for his invention of Laudanum as well as his rejection of Galenic humoral medical practice, and for introducing chemistry to the practice of medicine. This jar would have contained Theophrastus’s formula for the extract of laudanum vitae. Laudanum is an opium tincture that was used as a sedative, an antidiarrheal, an antitussive, and an analgesic.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.6 cm x 10.9 cm; 4 3/16 in x 4 9/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0408
catalog number
M-05557
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 269
catalog number
1991.0664.0408
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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