Z: ALUM: UST

Description
This urn-shaped blown-glass jar has rounded shoulders and a flared neck with a round glass stopper in its mouth. The opaqueness of the glass comes from the addition of tin oxide in an attempt to mimic porcelain. The jar has a gold shield decorated with red and blue flowers, with a label inside the shield that reads ALUM UST in black. This jar would have contained Alumen ustum, or heated alumen. Alumen ustum was chiefly used as a caustic for irritating the skin.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11.5 cm x 5.5 cm; 4 1/2 in x 2 3/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0473
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05622
1991.0664.0473.01
1991.0664.0473.02
collector/donor number
SAP 334
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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