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FLOR AERUG

FLOR AERUG

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Description
This dark green blown glass jar has a wide mouth to accommodate dried plant material. The label is applied with the cold paint method. Unlike the enamel labels, there is no baking involved. Therefore it is not unusual to find the label has been badly scratched and suffered severe paint loss.
The decoration appears as an upside–down heart outlined in red with a stylized flower at the top. The label is marked in red and black FLOR AERUG. This jar would have contained Aerugo, which is Latin for “rust of copper” or copper acetate that would have been used as an emetic or an escharotic (a salve or substance that causes tissue to die and fall away).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
17th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 cm x 9.5 cm; 5 1/8 in x 3 3/4 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0350
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05499
collector/donor number
SAP 211
catalog number
1991.0664.0350
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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