Bronze cupping vessel, Egypt, 300 BCE-300 CE

Made:
300 BCE-300 CE in Egypt
maker:
Unknown
Cupping is the practice of placing heated cups or vessels like this on the body to draw out any impurities and bring Cupping is the practice of placing heated cups or vessels like this on the body to draw out any impurities and bring

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Cupping is the practice of placing heated cups or vessels like this on the body to draw out any impurities and bring
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cupping is the practice of placing heated cups or vessels like this on the body to draw out any impurities and bring
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cupping vessel, bronze, standard shape, Greek, made in Egypt, 300BC-300

Cupping is the practice of placing heated cups or vessels like this on the body to draw out any impurities and bring blood to the surface of the skin. This is known as dry cupping. Wet cupping is when the welts left on the body are cut to let blood flow out. It was believed that this would re-balance the humours and restore a person to health. It is thought that this object was made in Egypt.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A608649
type:
cupping vessel
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument