1st -early 3rd century A.D.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 629; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).
Length: 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)
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.
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
Gift of Edward Perry Warren