Bleeding bowl, Europe, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Bleeding bowl, silver. Black perspex background.
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Bleeding bowl, silver

Bleeding bowls were used to collect blood during bloodletting – a practice once carried out to treat a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. This example is made from silver although they can be made from earthenware and other metals.

The initials “L A L” are engraved on the handle and may indicate a maker or the owner. Unlike some bleeding bowls there are no markings on the internal surface to help measure the amount of blood being removed.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A600117
type:
bleeding bowl
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Phillips
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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