Bronze cauterizing probe, Roman, 199 BCE-500 CE

Made:
199 BCE-500 CE in Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown

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Cauterizing probe, bronze, Roman. Graduated matt black perspex background.
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Cauterizing probe, bronze, Roman

The bulb at one end of the probe is known as an olive. This part was used to apply medical treatments to wounds, eyes and ears as well as to apply cosmetics. It could also be used as a cautery to seal a wound by heating up the probe and using it on the body.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A86272
type:
probe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument

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