Bottle of medicinal water from temple of Asklepios at Epidaurus

Made:
1920-1930 in Greece
Left hand side - A79498, Bottle, originally for Evian water, containing water from the medicinal well of the temple of

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Left hand side - A79498, Bottle, originally for Evian water, containing water from the medicinal well of the temple of
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Bottle, originally for Evian water, containing water from the medicinal well of the temple of Asklepios (Aesculapius) at Epidomos (Epidaurus), Greece, collected in 1930

The typed label pasted to the side of the bottle on the right gives us its source – the well at the temple of Asklepios at Epidaurus, Greece. Asklepios was the Greco-Roman god of healing and medicine. At the temple, those experiencing illness were cured in their dreams by the god as they slept, or had their dreams interpreted to get a treatment that would cure them. This was known as incubation.

Epidaurus, in southern Greece, was one of the most famous sites of a temple dedicated to Asklepios. Deserted since the 700s CE, the ruins can still be visited today.

The bottle was collected by Captain P Johnston-Saint, one of Henry Wellcome’s collecting agents. The water is shown here with a similar example collected from the temple of Asklepios at Athens (A79498).

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A79498
Materials:
bottle, glass, pale green and stopper, cork
type:
medicinal water and bottles, folk medicine (general), pharmacy (glassware) bottles, folk medicine (general), medicinal water and pharmacy (glassware)
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust