Surgical Probe


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Artifact Identification Surgical Probe   (1914.05.0130)
  1. Science & Technology T&E
  2. :
  3. Medical & Psychological T&E
  4. :
  5. Medical Instruments
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Ptolemaic?, 305 – 30 BCE
Culture Egyptian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 15.8 cm
Dimension 2 (Width) 3.5 cm
Dimension 3 (Depth) 0.9 cm
Weight 33 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Metal--Bronze
Manufacturing Processes Cast
Munsell Color Information Moderate Yellow Green (7.5GY 5/4) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

"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.

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

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.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication Egypt Exploration Society
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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