Domestic enema, London, England, 1831-1835

Made:
1831-1835 in London
maker:
Maw

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Domestic enema, by Maw, 1831-1835, English. Light grey background.
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Domestic enema, by Maw, 1831-1835, English

Maw, a medical supplier who made this item, called it ‘Maw’s Domestic Medical Machine’. The name was a polite way of advertising a machine that could be used to give enemas at home. Enemas were used to insert liquids into the rectum for medical treatments. In some societies, enemas became fashionable and were believed to rejuvenate the body and increase sexual potency. This machine has an ivory tip and is made from wood.

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Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A600128
Materials:
ivory, metal, wood
Measurements:
overall (open): 240 mm x 462 mm x 52 mm,
type:
enema syringe
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • enema equipment
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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