Steel lancet in bone sheath, India, 1800-1899

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:
A643700
Materials:
bone and steel
Measurements:
overall (closed): 5 mm x 58 mm x 11 mm, 0.002 kg
type:
lancets and lancet, therapeutics (phlebotomy) ethnography (indian), therapeutics (phlebotomy) ethnography (indian), lancets and therapeutics (phlebotomy)
credit:
Fraser, T.C.