Description (Brief):

"GUMMI MYRRH" is a gum resin, and is also another name for starch. It was used in enemas to curb diarrhea, taken internally as an expectorant, or applied topically to elevate inflammation.

Description (Brief)

Pharmaceutical historian George Urdang attributes the containers 1991.0664.0760 through 1991.0664.0825 to the town of Hanau in the late 18th century based on the floral design surrounding the medallion and, the initials "HN" on the bottom of many of the jars in the series. However, in a letter to museum curators dated August 1983, the pharmaceutical historian Wolfgang-Hagen Hein wrote that the unmarked containers and those marked "FH" were made in Florsheim in the German state of Hesse twenty-three miles southwest of Hanau.

Date Made: 1790-1810Date Made: 1775 - 1799

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany

Subject: Pharmacy

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Related Publication: Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

Credit Line: Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0794Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 718Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0794M-06006.01

Object Name: jarOther Terms: jar; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: ceramic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 16.2 cm x 11 cm; 6 3/8 in x 4 5/16 in


Record Id: nmah_993714

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