Carved horn Lancet case, 18th century

Carved horn Lancet case, 18th century

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Caption: This lancet case was made in and exported from china in 1790. It is carved from horn with an extremely detailed traditional oriental scene. Lancets are double edged surgical blades with a pointed end. These instruments were used in eighteenth century medicine to open patient's veins for 'bloodletting'. Bloodletting was a common procedure, used up until the late nineteenth century, to 'treat' patients with a wide range of ailments by removing surplus bodily 'humours' (liquids within the body)

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