Bronze scoop, Roman, 199 BCE-400 CE

199 BCE-400 CE in Roman Empire

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Scoop with roughened surface, long handle, bronze, Roman, from Capparoni and Gorga collections. Graduated matt black
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Scoop (lithotomy hook?) with roughened surface, long handle, bronze, Roman, from Capparoni and Gorga collections

It is thought that the roughened end of this scoop was used to feel around the bladder for stones. The removal of stones from the bladder is called lithotomy and it can be an incredibly painful process. The other end of this scoop has a groove which may have been used to hold a knife.

The instrument is made from bronze, the metal of choice for surgical and medical instruments until the introduction of iron and steel in the 500s and 600s CE, metals which gave a better cutting edge.

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Classical & Medieval Medicine
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