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G GUAIAC

G GUAIAC

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Description
This jar is marked, G GUAIAC below the alchemical symbol for powder. This jar would have contained powdered guiac, the resin or wood of lignum vitae tree. Guiac was used as diuretic, cathartic, and diaphoretic, and was especially effective in treating syphilis. The jar has a wide mouth, flattened collar, and an applied round foot. The container is decorated with a baked enamel white cartouche and is framed by blue stylized vines topped by a yellow crown.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
17th-18th century
unspecified
Germany
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint, enamel (overall material)
colorless (overall color)
white (overall color)
blue (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
black (overall color)
red (overall color)
blown (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 9.6 cm x 6.2 cm; 3 3/4 in x 2 7/16 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0154
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05302
1991.0664.0154
collector/donor number
SAP 11
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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