Brass surgical knife, Syria, 900-1100

900-1100 in Syria

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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.


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

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