Container of theriac

Made:
1801-1910 in Ottoman Empire
maker:
Unknown

Cylindrical metal container wrapped in ornate golden paper, 51mm x 42mm, 140 g. Contains theriac, an ancient medicine used by the Greeks since the First century AD, comprised of viper flesh, opium, cinnammon and honey amongst its 60-70 ingredients. It was used as a general cure-all, although was often used as an antidote to poison, and later became known as 'mithridate'. Possibly from Constantinople, Turkey or Egypt, or more generally the Ottoman Empire, 1801-1910.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A656748
Materials:
complete, metal, opium, paper, string, wax
type:
theriac
credit:
Wellcome Trust

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