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Eyecup

Eyecup

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Description
Eyecups or eye baths were made from a variety of materials including silver, glass and aluminum. Silver eyecups were used as early as the 16th century. However, it was not until the 18th century when more common materials such as ceramics and glass made them popular and accessible to the general public. Eyecups are used to clean the eyes with a medicated solution or plain water. This oval eyecup is ceramic and the rim conforms to the eye. It has a tapered pedestal which flares out into the foot. It has a white glazed background with blue and pink flowers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
eyecup
eyecup
date made
18th century
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5.5 cm x 5 cm x 3.3 cm; 2 5/32 in x 1 31/32 in x 1 5/16 in
overall: 2 1/8 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 4.7625 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
1991.0664.0987
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-06383
collector/donor number
SAP 1075
catalog number
1991.0664.0987
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Ophthalmology
Pharmacy
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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