BEZOARD

Description
The label of this jar is marked BEZOARD below the alchemical symbol for pulvis, or powder. A bezoar is a hairball found in the stomach of animals. This container would have contained pulverized bezoars. The square-shaped blown and molded jar has a flared collar, and is decorated with a baked white enamel cartouche that is framed by stylized blue leaves and yellow flowers and red ribbon.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
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)
rococo (overall style)
Measurements
overall: 9.8 cm x 5.8 cm x 6 cm; 3 7/8 in x 2 5/16 in x 2 3/8 in
unspecified
Germany
ID Number
1991.0664.0217
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05365
collector/donor number
SAP 74
catalog number
1991.0664.0217
subject
Art
Pharmacy
European Apothecary
Health & Medicine
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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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