Copy of a large lance used during plague epidemics in Marseilles, France in the 1600s

Made:
Unknown in Europe
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Copy of large lancet used for opening plague buboes during plague epidemics at Marseilles during the 17th century

Plague epidemics ravaged Marseilles in France throughout the 1600s and 1700s. Lancets, such as the copy shown here, were used to open buboes in order to relieve pressure and also remove poisons from the body – an unsuccessful attempt to cure the patient. The lancet would have been stored in a brass case.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A115570
Materials:
brass and steel
type:
lance
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument