LUMBRIC

Description
This urn-shaped blown-glass jar has rounded shoulders and a flared neck with a round glass stopper. The opaqueness of the glass comes from additing tin oxide to the formula in an attempt to mimic porcelain. The jar has a gold shield decorated with red and blue flowers. The label has the alchemical symbol for Spirits, with the text LUMBRIC in black underneath. This jar would have contained an alcoholic solution of lumbricor, or dried and pounded earthworms. Spirits of Lumbricor was used as a treatment for wounds and ulcers.
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
1991.0664.0474
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05623
1991.0664.0474.01
1991.0664.0474.02
collector/donor number
SAP 335
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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