OLIBAN

Description
This conical–shaped wooden drug jar and lid has an ivory–colored shield outlined in black. The wood is slightly warped and the lid does not separate from the container. The interior of the shield is marked, "OLIBAN:” in black paint. Olibanum—also known as frankincense—is a yellow–brown resin from the Boswellia Scara tree. Known for millennium in the Middle East, Oliban is still used as incense in religious ceremonies and as an ingredient in perfumes. As a medicine, it was used as a stimulant to promote sweating. It was also used as a laxative.
Containers 1991.0664.0889 through 892 appear to be from the same apothecary. The Deutsche Apotheken-Museum in Heidelberg, Germany has similar containers in their collection.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
19th Century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13.3 cm x 7.1 cm; 5 1/4 in x 2 25/32 in
place made
Deutschland
ID Number
1991.0664.0892
catalog number
M-06102
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 814
catalog number
1991.0664.0892
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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