Vaginal speculum, Roman, 100 BCE-400 CE
- 100 BCE - 400 CE in Roman Empire
Bronze vaginal speculum, probably Roman, found in the Lebanon, screw is modern, 99BC to 400AD
Bronze vaginal speculum, probably Roman, found in the Lebanon, made c. 100BC to 400AD, although the screw part is modern. It comprises a priapiscus with dovetailing valves which are opened and closed by a handle with a screw mechanism. It shows the relatively sophisticated instruments that were sometimes in use in Roman medicine. Vaginal specula were used in the diagnosis and treatment of vaginal and uterine disorders.