Bronze cupping vessel, Egypt, 300 BCE-300 CE
- 300 BCE-300 CE in Egypt
Cupping vessel, bronze, standard shape, Greek, made in Egypt, 300BC-300
Cupping is the practice of placing heated cups or vessels like this on the body to draw out any impurities and bring blood to the surface of the skin. This is known as dry cupping. Wet cupping is when the welts left on the body are cut to let blood flow out. It was believed that this would re-balance the humours and restore a person to health. It is thought that this object was made in Egypt.
- Classical & Medieval Medicine
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- cupping vessel
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- medical instrument
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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