Surgical knife with ram'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 ram's head handle from set of cased surgical instruments, Persian, 18th century.

This ornate brass knife would have been used during operations, possibly to cut tissues prior to limb amputations. The handle features the head of a two-horned golden ram. The level of decoration indicates it probably belonged to a physician serving a wealthy family. it is shown here with others from the same set (A642946/1, A642946/3, A642946/9).

Details

Category:
Surgery
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A642946/6
Materials:
brass and steel (metal)
type:
surgical knife
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust