Terracotta plaque showing an operation in the 1500s, Germany, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in Germany
maker:
Unknown

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C18/C19 terracotta wall plaque illustrating a C16 operation on the hand conducted in an alehouse

This terracotta plaque shows a scene in a tavern where a man is performing surgery on another man’s hand. The other men sitting around the table playing cards and listening to a hurdy-gurdy appear unaware of the activities occurring at the other end of the table. This type of scene was probably a common occurrence. This plaque may have been hung at a barber-surgeon’s shop or it might be a commemorative piece.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A27810
type:
plaque
taxonomy:
credit:
Foster
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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