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Bronze forceps or tweezers

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
ca. 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
length 13.00 cm.
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5435
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The instrument has long arms, unlike those of the standard type of Roman depilation tweezers, indicating that it may have been used by a doctor for minor surgical operations. Similar objects also have been found among ancient sets of medical instruments.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4830, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 885, pp. 301-2, New York: Gilliss Press.

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