Surgical instrument

Roman
Imperial Rome
1st -early 3rd AD


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 629; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.160

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

Spear-like lancet (triangular blade mounted on a shaft). Greek and Latin authors refer to this type as a phlebotomon (“bloodletting”) a cutting instrument with a wide variety of uses (bloodletting, abscesses, lancing, scraping, dissection).

Light green patina, somewhat corroded.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, January 2, 1913

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren