RB1504

Roman Bronze Medical Vulsella forceps, ca 1st century AD

Well balanced and cast using the lost wax method, the jaws turned inward, these bronze forceps feature an elaborate handle with ribbed decoration and finial. 

Forceps, such as this fine example, would have been used in general medicine as an aid to remove small polyps and tumors from the nose, ears and skin, in surgeries to pull or hold back areas of tissue, and on the battle field to grasp and remove arrows and other small missiles.

Condition:  Intact and in excellent working condition.  Museum quality custom mount. 

Dimensions:  Length:  12 cm ( 4 3/4 inches)

Provenance:  Private Maryland collection, acquired from the NY art trade in 2003.

 




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