This blown and molded square–shaped bottle has a baked enamel white oval cartouche which is outlined with blue vines, red and yellow flowers and a three pointed crown. The cartouche is marked ELIX PPT. The Roman numeral "VIII" is etched into the jar’s shoulder. ELIX PPT likely stood for Elixir Proprietatis, or Paracelsus’ Elixir. This elixir was composed of saffron, aloe, and myrrh, and was used as a stimulant, stomachic, and cathartic. Paracelsus touted it as a concoction to continue health and long life.

Date Made: 17th-18th century

Location: Currently not on view

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: 1991.0664.0385Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: M-05534Collector/Donor Number: SAP 264Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0385.011991.0664.0385.02

Object Name: bottle and stopperOther Terms: Bottle; bottle and stopper; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: glass (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 13.7 cm x 5 cm x 4.7 cm; 5 13/32 in x 1 31/32 in x 1 27/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-5e40-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_993815

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