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Leeches jar, 19th century

Leeches jar, 19th century

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Creamware leaches jar with gilt decoration, dating from around 1800. Creamware is a refined earthenware finished with a cream coloured glaze. It was traditionally produced by potters in Staffordshire, England and was popular in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Leeches (a type of worm) were used in medicine during this period as a method of bloodletting. Bloodletting was carried out to 'treat' patients with a wide range of ailments by removing surplus bodily 'humours' (liquids within the body). Leeches can suck several times their original body weight in blood when applied to the skin.

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