The Science and Art of Medicine


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    Brass syringe, French, early 17th century.

    Brass syringe, in case, French.

    Fleam case, 1544.

    Bone fleam case, intricately carved with representation of the crucifixion and the Garden of Eden, containing four tablets for holding fleam, inscribed with the name Simon Wellenbeck, probably German, 1544

    Resuscitation kit, first half of the 19th century
    Palm nuts with cloth bag, Nigeria, 1880-1920.

    A set of palm nuts usually kept in the blue cloth bag. Diviners of the Yoruba people of Nigeria pass sixteen palm nuts from hand to hand eight times. Each time, one or two nuts are kept in the hand and this is marked on a board. The diviner reads t

    Walnut homeopathic medicine chest, with bottles, late 19th century.

    Walnut homeopathic medicine chest, with 34 glass bottles, all labelled, and accompanying treatise on homeopathic medicine, 2nd half of the 19th century

    Pharmacy leech jar, English, 1830-1870.

    Pharmacy leech jar, marbled and gilt earthenware, perhaps Staffordshire, English, inscribed � Leeches�.

    Three Italian earthenware pharmacy jars, 1520-1580.

    Albarello vase, Italian from Deruta, 1539, buff and blue maiolica, used for pomegranate flowers (?)

    Dispensing pot, English, 1860-1885.

    Creamware dispensing pot, supplied by Beach and Barnicott, 1860 to 1885

    Yantra meditation plaque,  India, 1800s.

    A copper Yantra meditation plaque decorated with a geometric pattern. Meditation has strong links with Ayurveda and is often recommended as part of an ‘Ayurvedic lifestyle’. Techniques vary – Yantra meditation uses patterns of symbols and shapes to h

    Wooden shield painted with a demon's face, Chinese, 19th century.

    A wooden sign painted with a demon's face, hung over doors in China to scare away demons. In ancient China people believed that spirits, ancestors and demons could interfere with the body and cause illness. This idea has existed in some form in Chine