Bottle of water from the River Jordan

Made:
1920-1930 in Jordan
Left hand side - A6034, Bottle of water from the River Jordan at the site of the baptism of Christ, collected in March,

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Left hand side - A6034, Bottle of water from the River Jordan at the site of the baptism of Christ, collected in March,
Science Museum Group Collection
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Bottle of water from the River Jordan at the site of the baptism of Christ, collected in March, 1930

Contained in the glass bottle on the left is water collected from the River Jordan at the site were Jesus Christ was believed to have been baptised by John the Baptist. The account is recorded in the New Testament of the Bible.

Pilgrims visiting this holy area will often collect samples of the water – for its perceived medicinal and health-giving qualities as a souvenir of their pilgrimage. The bottle is shown here with a similar example (A6033).

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A6034
Materials:
bottle, glass, clear and stopper, cork
type:
bottle, folk medicine and religion (christianity), christianity, bottle, folk medicine and medicinal water
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust