Medicine vial; Unknown maker; Unknown; CR2012.135

Name/Title

Medicine vial

About this object

Small glass pear shaped vial that once contained an opium medication. Its contents were a blend of Chinese herbal remedies with opium, used for treating fever and also to get rid of muscular discomforts. The different blends of herbs depend on what illness it has to treat.
Most likely this medication would be sold by a travelling herbalist or the local merchant. It is unlikely to be a common smoking opium for enjoyment but more for releasing the body from an illness.

Found Chinatown Hut 23 A319.

Maker

Unknown maker

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

Unknown

Place Made

Unknown

Medium and Materials

Glass
Paint

Inscription and Marks

The Chinese characters on the front are translated as Bak Cho Saan. Bak means Hundred, a Chinese character meaning Powerful in medication. Cho means troubling, wrinkled or discomfort. Saan means fragment or break up. The characters on the other side are not all readable but Bak Leong infers 'one hundred good'.
Thanks to Leslie Wong for the translation and information.

Measurements

H 36mm x L 20mm x W 9mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Chinese associations

Subject and Association Keywords

Medical & health

Subject and Association Keywords

Bottle

Subject and Association Keywords

Container

Credit Line

From the Collection of the Cromwell Museum

Object Type

Containers

Object number

CR2012.135

Rights

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