Fine Roman Medical Tool


A Ancient Roman bronze medical and cosmetic tool. Featureing a long, thin shaft, which broadens into a small, concave spoon-tip. The shaft also features six engraved notches for decoration. It is likely that such a tool was used to access ointments or powders from a storage pot and apply them to an ailment. Alternatively, it could have been used for inspection and diagnosis.

Date: Circa 3rd century BC-3rd century AD.
Condition: Very fine condition. Some pieces feature green patination.


SKU: AH-640 Category: Tag:

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 first surgeons and doctors to come to Rome were Greek, and the practice of medicine advanced drastically when they did so in the third century BC. The Roman army had permanent doctors and military hospitals, with one usually placed in each fort. Civilian medicine did not enjoy such impressive progress, however, due to the enormous risks of infection, blood loss, and pain, which were associated with any surgery delving deeper than the surface. The most common ailments requiring medical intervention were those of the skin, digestion, fertility (and contraception), and fractures.

To find out more about Roman medicine please see our relevant blog post: Roman Medicine and Medical Tools.

Weight 6.6 g
Dimensions L 14.3 cm