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Copy of an Egyptian bas-relief, Europe, 1801-1930

The copy of the stone bas-relief shows a male circumcision in process, an operation common in ancient Egypt and practised from c. 2000 BCE. Circumcision is an ancient surgical procedure often carried out as part of religious or cultural beliefs. Occasionally, there are also medical reasons for the operation.

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Glossary: circumcision

Surgical removal of the foreskin around the penis. Usually for religious or ethical reasons, but may also be done for medical reasons.

Glossary: bas-relief

Another term for ‘low-relief’. It refers to a sculpture whose image has a shallow depth.