This blown and molded square-shaped bottle has an unusually wide neck and a flared lip. The white baked enamel shield is framed by stylized blue leaves with yellow and red flowers. A yellow crown sits atop the shield. The jar is labeled with the alchemical symbol for powder and the text RAD JAL in black. Jalap Root, native to the mountainous regions of Mexico was introduced to Europe in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and was used as a cathartic and diuretic.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 13.3 cm x 6.5 cm x 6.3 cm; 5 1/4 in x 2 9/16 in x 2 1/2 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 227
catalog number
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
Estes, J. Worth. Dictionary of Protopharmacology: Therapeutic Practices, 1700-1850

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