Circumcision knife, Central Australia, 1850-1920

Made:
1850-1920 in Australia
maker:
Unknown

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Circumcision knife with quartzite blade and gum handle, from near Macdonnel Ranges, Central Australia, 1850-1920

Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin of the penis. It is practised worldwide for cultural and religious reasons. This circumcision knife has a quartzite blade and gum handle. It originates from near the MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Circumcision is often an initiation into manhood and a rite of passage for young men within many Australian aboriginal groups.

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Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A96108
Materials:
quartzite, resin
type:
circumcision knife
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • circumcision equipment

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