MAG MARCASIT

MAG MARCASIT

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Description
This blown and molded square jar has a flared lip. The white oval baked enamel shield is framed by a chain of blue leaves interspersed with four yellow flowers. The container is marked MAG MARCASIT in black lettering.
The jar would have contained Magistery of Marcasite. Marcasite is a white iron pyrite mineral. It would have been dissolved and purified in an acidic solution to create a magistery, a substance possessing healing or curative powers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9.6 cm x 5.6 cm; 3 25/32 in x 2 7/32 in
ID Number
1991.0664.0220
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-05368
collector/donor number
SAP 77
catalog number
1991.0664.0220
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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