Clitoridectomy knife, Ganza, Congo, pre-1936

pre-1936 in Democratic Republic of Congo
Banda people

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Clitoridectomy knife, metal and wood, from Banda tribe, Ganza, Congo, from Vassal collection

Clitoridectomy is the removal of the clitoris or parts of the surrounding vagina. It has been practised in many cultures in the past. It still occurs in some Middle Eastern and African countries. This is often for religious and social reasons such as ensuring virginity before marriage. It is a painful procedure and a deeply controversial practice. This clitoridectomy knife is made of metal and wood. It comes from the Banda people of Central Africa.


Ethnography and Folk Medicine
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metal, wood
clitoridectomy knife
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
  • circumcision equipment

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