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Pair of Pharmacy Bottles

c. 1500–1510
Overall: 38.8 cm (15 1/4 in.)
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The inscriptions on these two pharmacy bottles suggest that they held medicinal and domestic remedies. One bottle reads SCABIOS, or “scabious water,” which may refer to a teasel root compound that was used to clean and decontaminate velvet. Inscribed on the other bottle is the word CAPILLV, which was a liquid extracted from a fern-like plant commonly referred to as “maiden’s hair water.”
Pair of Pharmacy Bottles

Pair of Pharmacy Bottles

c. 1500–1510

Italy, Papal States, Faenza

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