Surgical instruments, Roman, 199 BCE-500 CE

199 BCE-500 CE in Roman Empire

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Mass of surgical instruments fused together by fire, Roman, from Sforza collection

These bronze surgical instruments have been fused together – probably by the intense heat of a fire. It appears that they were once stored in a small rectangular box as they are all lying in the same direction. It also seems likely that they were once carried by a Roman physician when visiting his patients.

This bronze instrument set was purchased in August 1930 from the collection of Guido Sforza, a collector of Roman surgical instruments.


Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
surgical instrument set
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
  • surgical instrument
Sforza, G.

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