Surgical instrument

Roman
Imperial Roman
1st-early 3rd century AD


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 636; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 12.8 cm (5 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.167

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Gallery 212A-B

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Cosmetic and medical

This spoon probe consists of a scoop/spoon mounted on a long shaft. Two sets of double rings decorate the shaft near the spoon. Latin authors most often called it a specillum.

Spoon probes were highly versitile instruments, serving multiple functions.They could be used to apply ointments, scrape away uclers, evert and support the eyelid during operations, remove bladder stones, and pry out growths or foreign objects from the ear.

Light green patina.

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