Artificial hand and forearm, 1601-1700

Made:
1601-1700 in Unknown place
maker:
Unknown

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Iron artificial hand and forearm, with jointed thumb and fingers. Full view graduated matt black perspex background.
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Timeline of artificial arm prostheses. From left to right: 1. 16th century 2. 17th century 3. c. 1920 4. c. 1960
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Iron artificial right hand and forearm, with jointed thumb and fingers

Artificial iron arm, for left hand below-elbow amputee. Artificial limbs such as these were expensive items made by armourers, and they allowed wearers who had lost a limb in combat to continue with their fighting career. Believed to date from the 17th century, some examples of such arms have recently been recognised as later copies.

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Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
A69335
Materials:
complete, iron
type:
artificial hand
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Pini, G.
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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