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).