Brass surgical knife, Syria, 900-1100
- 900-1100 in Syria
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.