Figure group: 'The Toothdrawer', Berlin, 1870-1880

Made:
1870-1880 in Germany
maker:
Raimondo Pereda
Figure group 'The Toothdrawer', spelker, by R. Pereda, cast by Werch Glinniche, Berlin, 1870-1880. Graduated grey Figure group 'The Toothdrawer', spelker, by R. Pereda, cast by Werch Glinniche, Berlin, 1870-1880. Graduated grey

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Figure group 'The Toothdrawer', spelker, by R. Pereda, cast by Werch Glinniche, Berlin, 1870-1880. Graduated grey
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Figure group 'The Toothdrawer', spelker, by R. Pereda, cast by Werch Glinniche, Berlin, 1870-1880. Graduated grey
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Figure group 'The Toothdrawer', spelter, by R. Pereda, cast by Werch Glinniche, Berlin, 1870-1880

This zinc statue shows a middle aged workman, possibly a blacksmith, extracting a patient’s tooth with a hook. From the patient’s facial expression, it is obvious he is in a lot of pain and has to be held down by the blacksmith. Tooth pulling could be carried out by a number of people, including barber-surgeons, travelling practitioners and blacksmiths. Dentistry did not become a regulated and licensed profession until the late 1800s. The sculpture is signed by Raimondo Pereda (1840-1915), a Swiss artist.

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The Toothdrawer

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Category:
Dentistry
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A630108
Measurements:
overall: 450 mm x 270 mm x 480 mm, 16 kg
type:
sculpture
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust