jar; controlled drug; opium

Made:
1850-1900

Ceramic, creamware ointment jar with paper label and metal cap. To contain approximately 8 ounces of ointment of gall with opium (unguentum gallae cum opio). Galls are the excrecenses on the twigs of the dyers oak, a small tree tree indiginous to Minor and Persia. They are formed by the irritation caused by the disposition of eggs by the gall wasp. The principle constituent of galls in gallotannic acid. Galls are powerfully astringent and when mixed with opium, an analgesic, it is used as a reliever in haemorrhoids.

Details

Category:
Medical Ceramic-ware
Object Number:
A638394 Pt4
type:
opium
taxonomy:
  • drug
credit:
Wellcome Trust

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