Lancet, Iran, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Iran
A642946/1, Lancet  with metal handlefrom set of cased surgical instruments, Persian, 18th century.. A642946/3, Scissors

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A642946/1, Lancet with metal handlefrom set of cased surgical instruments, Persian, 18th century.. A642946/3, Scissors
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Lancet with metal handlefrom set of cased surgical instruments, Persian, 18th century.

The lancet in the foreground of the image has a large metal blade measuring 65 mm long. Lancets were used in bloodletting – a once popular universal treatment for a range of health problems. The high degree of decoration on the instruments, all from the same set, suggests that they probably belonged to a physician serving a wealthy family. It is shown here with other instruments from the same set (A642946/3, A642946/6, A642946/9).

Details

Category:
Surgery
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A642946/1
Materials:
ebony, ivory and steel
type:
lancet
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust