Probe and scoop, Roman, 54-411 CE

Made:
54-411 CE in Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown

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Probe and scoop combined, bronze, Roman, from City of London

A probe was used to explore wounds and to gain knowledge about the structure of the body. A scoop was used to scrape or clean parts of the body. It was not unusual for instruments to have two uses. The stem has a twisted design. Originally, the bronze would have been polished to a high sheen.

This bronze instrument was excavated from the river bed of the Walbrook in the City of London, now an underground river. The Walbrook once flowed through the Roman city of Londinium.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A63490
type:
probe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Lawrence, G.F.