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Bronze scalpel/dissector

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Cypriot
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Other: 6 1/4in. (15.9cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5511
Not on view
The instrument is a typical example of a Graeco-Roman surgeon's scalpel. One end serves as a leaf-shaped dissector, while the other forms a rectangular handles with a central wedge-shaped slot that originally held the iron or steel scalpel blade.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4840, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1758, p. 451, New York: Gilliss Press.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1933. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 123-24, fig. 152, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McClees, Helen and Christine Alexander. 1941. The Daily Life of the Greeks and Romans: As Illustrated in the Classical Collections, 5th ed. pp. 123-24, fig. 152, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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