Earthenware bleeding bowl

Made:
1701-1900 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Earthenware bleeding bowl, glazed, graduated, English, 18th or 19th century

Bleeding bowls were used during bloodletting – a practice once carried out to treat a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. They were used to catch the blood from an opened vein. This example has a scale marked in fluid ounces inside the bowl to measure how much blood had been let out of the patient.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A626460
type:
bleeding bowl
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust