That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy my visit. This tiny – only two rooms- museum was utterly charming; an apothecary from a time long forgotten by the world outside. It reminded me of the Old Operating Theatre a little bit.
The only real note I made read as follows: “mumiaporos?” as labelling was as sparse as my notes, and this the only word attached to this Happy Chappy, or indeed Chappette (right), it left me curious. I ascertained it had something to do with mummies, but what? Well, Language Lovers, it means ‘Mummy Powder:’ ground-up dead people it seems were something of a Panacaea once upon a time… Whether this was a genuine mummy head (had the rest of him/her healed the diseased masses of medieval Budapest?) or whether this was just a reproduction it was unclear. It didn’t really matter to me. All that mattered was that it got me questioning.
‘Slightly witchy’ runs my only other scrawl about this museum. I suppose that this makes a certain kind of sense, witchcraft and medicine do have something of a shared history after all. Or perhaps my pen was inspired by the floating crocodile? Have a look at these pictures, if ‘Slightly witchy’ isn’t what strikes you, feel free to leave your thoughts below.