Brass surgical knife, Syria, 900-1100

Made:
900-1100 in Syria
maker:
Unknown

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Brass surgical knife, with steel blade, Syrian, of the Arab period

Most of the blade of this ancient surgical knife is rusty and part of it is broken. The steel blade is slotted into a brass handle. The loop at the end may have been used as a finger hole to grip the knife during surgery.

The knife is believed to date from 900-1100 CE, during which period the Islamic world became a major centre for medical study and practice.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A121667
Materials:
brass, metal (unknown), paper (fibre product) and steel (metal)
type:
surgical knife
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
credit:
Hamonic Collection