CORAL R PP

Description
This turned wooden straight walled drug jar is painted red with a red lid. The jar is decorated with an ivory-colored oval medallion outlined in black. The interior of the medallion is painted white and is marked, “CORAL/ R PP” in black. Two vertical lines intersect the stem of the P. This is the alchemical symbol for powder.
This red-colored container was used to store powdered coral. Coral was used for centuries for a variety of ills including but not limited to the reduction of fever, the prevention of bleeding in pregnant women, for gastric pain and to protect infants from convulsions.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11.2 cm x 6.2 cm; 4 13/32 in x 2 7/16 in
overall: 4 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 11.1125 cm x 6.35 cm
place made
Deutschland
ID Number
1991.0664.0884
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-06094
collector/donor number
SAP 806
catalog number
1991.0664.0884.01
1991.0664.0884.02
subject
Pharmacy
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & 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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