Copy of an Etruscan denture, Europe, 1901-1930

Made:
1901-1930 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Etruscan denture, copy, metal and tooth. White background.
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Etruscan denture, copy, metal and tooth

Etruscans, people living in Etruria (Umbria and Tuscany, Italy), were the first to make dentures and false teeth, from 700 BCE onwards. Teeth from another person or an animal, such as an ox, were inserted into a band of gold with a metal pin and fitted on to the remaining teeth. The teeth could be easily removed if necessary. Imagine eating with another person’s teeth! Only wealthy people could afford this treatment. There were no specialist dentists so den-tistry was one of the duties of a physician.

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Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A622195
Materials:
metal, tooth
type:
dental bridge
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • dental equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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