BALS MECH

Description
This blown and molded bottle is marked BALS MECH. The bottle would have contained the Balsam of Mecca (or Balm of Gilead); a viscous liquid derived from the tree Balsamodendron opobalsamum. Real balsam of Mecca came from the former Ottoman Empire and was scarce, and boiled balsam leaves were often substituted. The balsam of Mecca was used as an antiseptic, stimulant, and vulnerary.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 cm x 6.7 cm x 6.8 cm; 5 1/8 in x 2 5/8 in x 2 11/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0303
catalog number
M-05452
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 161
catalog number
1991.0664.0303
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Religion
Art
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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