Ungula Alcis


Wooden drug jars are rare. In the Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue George Urdang notes in the Squibb Ancient Pharmacy Catalogue that the inscription placed just below the lid dates this object to the 17th century. The label reads “Ungula Alcis”, which is elk’s hoof. This wooden drug jar would originally have contained powdered elk’s hoof to prevent seizures from epilepsy. Some suffers wore a piece of elks hoof around their neck.

Date Made: 17th century

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany

Subject: PharmacyEuropean Apothecary


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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: 1991.0664.0867Accession Number: 1991.0664Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0867.011991.0664.0867.02Collector/Donor Number: SAP 789

Object Name: jarOther Terms: Container; jar; Pharmaceutical Container

Physical Description: turnen wood (overall production method/technique)wood (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 26.5 cm x 11.2 cm; 10 7/16 in x 4 7/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-98fa-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_994317

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