Surgical knife with lion's head handle

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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Knife with ivory handle from set of cased surgical instruments, Persian, 18th century.

Measuring just less than 250 mm, this knife is made from steel and ivory or bone. A lion bearing its teeth has been carved on the top of the cow hide patterned handle. The level of decoration indicates it probably belonged to a physician serving a wealthy family. It is shown here with other instruments from the same set (A642946/1, A642946/3, A642946/6).

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A642946/9
Materials:
ivory, paint and steel (metal)
type:
surgical knife
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust