Vaginal speculum, Roman, 100 BC-400 AD.

Roman vaginal speculum, 100 BC-400 AD.
Bronze vaginal speculum, probably Roman, found in the Lebanon, made c. 100BC to 400AD, although the screw part is modern. It comprises a priapiscus with dovetailing valves which are opened and closed by a handle with a screw mechanism. It shows the relatively sophisticated instruments that were sometimes in use in Roman medicine. Vaginal specula were used in the diagnosis and treatment of vaginal and uterine disorders.
 
Currently on display in:
The Science and Art of Medicine
Year made :
100BC-400AD
Inventory number :
1979-327