|Artifact Identification||Surgical Probe (1914.05.0130)|
|Period/Date||Ptolemaic?, 305 – 30 BCE|
|Dimension 1 (Length)||15.8 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Width)||3.5 cm|
|Dimension 3 (Depth)||0.9 cm|
|Munsell Color Information||Moderate Yellow Green (7.5GY 5/4) -ns|
"This surgical instrument of uncertain use is composed of a short baluster handle and a curving shaft tapered to a point. The tip is broken off. The round section and large calibration of the shaft, along with its pronounced curve, suggest that it may be a variation of the handled needle. This type was not suitable for suturing tissue, being too blunt and thick, but was used for fixing bandages of dressings and splints. Comparable examples may be seen in Waldbaum, p. 112, nos. 667, 668, pl. 42 (Sardis)." -Eunice Dauterman Maguire, Henry Maguire and Maggie J. Duncan-Flowers, Art and Holy Powers in the Early Christian House (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989), 204.
James, T.G.H. Excavating in Egypt: The Egypt Exploration Society 1882-1982. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982. Maguire, Eunice Dauterman, Henry Maguire and Maggie J. Duncan-Flowers. Art and Holy Powers in the Early Christian House. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989.
|Credit Line/Dedication||Egypt Exploration Society|