ELIX SALUT

Description
This blown and molded square–shaped bottle has a baked enamel white oval cartouche that is outlined with blue vines, red and yellow flowers, and a three-pointed crown. The cartouche is marked ELIX SALUT. The jar would have contained Elixir Salutis, or Elixir of Health. The elixir was composed of the plants senna, coriander, and jalap. The elixir was used as a carminative to relieve flatulence and as a cathartic to accelerate bowel movements.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
date made
17th-18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15.2 cm x 6.6 cm x 6.7 cm; 5 31/32 in x 2 19/32 in x 2 5/8 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0386
catalog number
M-05535
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 247
catalog number
1991.0664.0386
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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