EPILEPT NIGR

Description
The label of this bottle is marked with the alchemical symbol for powder and EPILEPT NIGR. The jar would have contained black epileptic powder containing dictamnus, (known as dittany, burning bush, and gas plant), and paeonia flowers, valerian root, and deer antlers. The powder was used as an antiepileptic to prevent seizures.
This bottle is a blown and molded square–shaped jar with a wide mouth and rounded shoulders. The closure is a round wood and cork lid that has been stained brown. The lid is probably not original to the jar. The baked enamel label is a white oval shield framed by a stylized wreath of blue leaves and red and yellow flowers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
jar
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
wood (overall material)
white (overall color)
blue (overall color)
black (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
red (overall color)
hand blown (overall production method/technique)
rococo (overall style)
Measurements
overall: 10.6 cm x 6.1 cm x 6 cm; 4 3/16 in x 2 13/32 in x 2 3/8 in
overall: 4 1/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 10.4775 cm x 6.0325 cm x 6.0325 cm
unspecified
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0211
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05359
collector/donor number
SAP 68
catalog number
1991.0664.0211.01
1991.0664.0211.02
subject
Medicine
Art
Pharmacy
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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