Apothecary Jar, RAD: IPECAC

This blown glass drug jar with an "oval-shaped" stopper has rounded shoulders and tapers slightly to terminate in an applied stepped foot. The container has two multi-colored floral vines connected by a blue ribbon at the top and a red ribbon at the bottom creating a wreath. The interior of the wreath is marked with the alchemical symbol for powder and, RAD; IPECAC. The Roman numeral II is etched into the shoulder and the number four is etched into the stopper. The opaque white color of the glass comes from the addition of tin oxide and was meant to imitate porcelain.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 18.5 cm x 9.5 cm; 7 5/16 in x 3 3/4 in
overall: 7 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in; 19.05 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 336
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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