Empty glass bottle for medicinal water, Italy, 1920-1930

Made:
1920-1930 in Italy
maker:
Unknown
Medicinal water bottle, empty, Italian, 1920-1930.  Overhead view of whole object on red background

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Medicinal water bottle, empty, Italian, 1920-1930. Overhead view of whole object on red background
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Medicinal water bottle, empty, Italian, 1920-1930

The inscription moulded into this glass bottle literally translates from Italian as “Anti-pestilence [or plague] water from Santa Maria Della Scala”. Santa Maria Della Scala is a Christian church in Rome, Italy.

This medicinal water was believed to have the power to cure and to provide protection against disease. Bottles such as this would also be bought by as souvenirs by worshippers who had come to the church on a pilgrimage.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A67459
type:
medicinal water bottle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel