Ungula Alcis

Description
Wooden drug jars are rare. In the Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue George Urdang notes in the Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue that the inscription placed just below the lid dates this object to the 17th century. The label reads “Ungula Alcis”, which is elk’s hoof. This wooden drug jar would originally have contained powdered elk’s hoof to prevent seizures from epilepsy. Some suffers wore a piece of elks hoof around their neck.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
17th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26.5 cm x 11.2 cm; 10 7/16 in x 4 7/16 in
place made
Deutschland
ID Number
1991.0664.0867
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
1991.0664.0867.01
1991.0664.0867.02
collector/donor number
SAP 789
subject
European Apothecary
Wood Drug Jars
Pharmacy
Art
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Wood Drug Jars
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Collection
cited
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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