AQUA PRUN PADI

Description
This glass jar has a broken lip. The blue and white baked enamel label is marked AQUA PRUN PADI in black text. Prunus padus is a species of cherry tree native to Europe. Its leaves and flowers would have been distilled in water to make Aqua Prunus Padus. The solution was used as a narcotic and a digestive. It would have contained hydrocyanic acid, which is poisonous in large amounts.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Measurements
overall: 5.6 cm x 2 cm x 2 cm; 2 7/32 in x 25/32 in x 25/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0464
catalog number
M-05613
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 325
catalog number
1991.0664.0464
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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