Pewter bleeding bowl, Europe, 1701-1900

1701-1900 in Europe

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Pewter bleeding bowl, graduated, 18th or 19th century. Full view, graduated matt black perspex background.
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Pewter bleeding bowl, graduated, 1701-1900

This bowl was made to be using during bloodletting – a practice once carried out to treat a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. The scale engraved on the inside of the bleeding bowl was used to record how much blood was taken. Physicians and barber-surgeons performed bloodletting as a treatment for illnesses believed to be caused by an excessive build up of blood.

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Object Number:
bleeding bowl
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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