Lancet in bone sheath, Indian, 1800-1899

Made:
1800-1899 in India
maker:
Unknown
Lancet, steel, in bone sheath, Indian. A steel lancet in a bone sheath, from India. Lancets are used for bloodletting,

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Lancet, steel, in bone sheath, Indian. A steel lancet in a bone sheath, from India. Lancets are used for bloodletting,
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Lancet, steel, in bone sheath, Indian

A steel lancet in a bone sheath, from India. Lancets are used for bloodletting, traditionally one of the 'five actions' of the Ayurvedic pancharkarma treatment, but seldom carried out today.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
A643699
Materials:
bone and steel
Measurements:
overall (half-open): 6 mm x 73 mm x 20 mm, 0.004 kg
overall (closed): 10 cm x 55 mm x 4 mm, 0.01kg
type:
lancet and therapeutics (phlebotomy)
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
credit:
Fraser, T.C.