The Science and Art of Medicine


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    A glass bottle containing Kola Compound elixir, made by Parke, Davis and Co., derived from African kola nuts. The active ingedient in kola nuts is caffeine, and its stimulating effect makes it useful in medicines worldwide.

    Votive male torso, Roman, 200BC-200AD.

    Votive male torso, dissected to show viscera, reputedly from Isola Farnese in Italy, Roman, 200BC-200AD. Votive offerings were gifts given to the gods in prayer. These would often be in the form or representation of the injured or diseased part of th

    Bronze surgical knives, Egypt and Mesopotamia, c 600-200 BC.

    Knife, brocze, with hooked blade, believed to have been used for cutting attachments of internal organs in evisceration prior to embalming, Egyptian, 600-200BC

    Roman votive eyes and ears, bronze, 200 BC-100 AD.

    Votive eyes, bronze, Roman, 200BC-100AD

    Bronze seated figurine of the young Imhotep, 900 BC - 300 BC.

    Bronze seated figurine of the young Imhotep, Egyptian, 900-300BC

    Glass retort, Italian, 1650-1800.

    Pale green glass balloon retort, long neck, projecting stopper hole, hand blown, possibly Italian, 1650-1800

    Combined alembic and cucurbit, probably 19th century.

    Pale green glass alembic with cucurbit, probably English, 19th century

    Bronze toiletry mirror, Egyptian, 800 BC-100 BC.

    Bronze toiletry mirror, Egyptian, 800BC-100BC

    Bronze Age 'base ring' juglets, Cyprus, 14th century BC.

    "Base Ring" juglet with handle, of polished earthenware, with decorative relief bands and traces of dark slip, from Cyprus, 1600BC-1400BC. Earthenware is a low-fired ceramic that is porous unless covered with glaze. Most clays can be used to produce

    Ancient Egyptian eye amulets, 4000-30 BC.

    Faience amulet, eye, Egyptian, 4000-30BC