Ivory artificial nose, Europe, 1701-1800
Carved from a single piece of ivory, this prosthetic nose would have been an expensive purchase beyond the means of most people. It is unclear how the nose was worn as there are no holes for straps. It may have been fixed to any existing nasal structure. Common causes of nose injuries were warfare and syphilis (a sexually transmitted infection that can eventually cause the bridge of the nose to collapse).
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Glossary: artificial nose
An artificial device to replace part or all of a missing nose.
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Glossary: sexually transmitted infection
Any disease transmitted by sexual intercourse. STIs include HIV/AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhoea, some chlamydia infections and genital herpes.
Artificial body parts, or materials inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic effect. Prostheses can be functional (artificial arms and legs), or cosmetic (artificial eye).