Vaginal speculum, Roman, 100 BCE-400 CE

Made:
100 BCE - 400 CE in Roman Empire

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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.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
1979-327
Materials:
bronze and male screw & handle, brass
type:
vaginal speculum
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • speculum
  • associated concepts
credit:
Brieux, Alain