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RUBR

RUBR

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Description
This blown and molded glass jar has a baked enamel label surrounded by a gold escutcheon topped by a gold crown. The label is marked with the alchemical symbols for Mercury and Precipitate and RUBR. The jar would have contained red mercuric oxide, which was used as an escharotic, a salve to kill tissue and remove dead skin cells.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle
Measurements
overall: 8.4 cm x 5 cm; 3 5/16 in x 1 31/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0463
catalog number
M-05612
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 324
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
1991.0664.0463
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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