A fine example of an Ancient Roman bronze medical tool. It features a flat, ‘footed’ end, while the other tapers into a blunt point. The piece displays lovely patterns of concentric rings and a triangular pattern towards the top of the item.
Date: Circa 2nd - 3rd Century AD Condition: Very fine and stable condition.
Deriving their knowledge in from the Etruscans, Egyptians, Persians, and other conquered peoples, the Romans devised one of the best and most sophisticated medical systems of the ancient world. They were influenced predominantly, however, by the ancient Greeks: the Roman adopted many ideas from Greek medicine, with the first doctors to appear in Rome also from Greece.
Such a medical instrument, possibly a probe or curette, would have been used by ancient Roman doctors during diagnosis, treatment and surgery, so as to mix, measure and apply medicaments.
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