BALS COPAIV

Description
This square blown and molded bottle has a flat collar, and is decorated with a baked white enamel cartouche framed by stylized blue leaves, and yellow and red flowers. It is marked in black BALS COPAIV. Brought from Central and South America to Europe in the 17th century, Copaiva is the juice of a tree, the Copaitera Balsamum. Its uses are many, from calming the nervous system to treating genital and urinary infections.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
colorless (overall color)
white (overall color)
blue (overall color)
black (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
red (overall color)
hand blown (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 10.8 cm x 4.8 cm x 4.9 cm; 4 1/4 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 15/16 in
unspecified
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0213
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05361
collector/donor number
SAP 70
catalog number
1991.0664.0213
subject
Art
Pharmacy
European Apothecary
Health & Medicine
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
Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850

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