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Brass syringe, French, early 17th century.

Brass syringe, in case, French.

Apparatus for continuous intra-muscular infusion of penicillin, c 1950s.

Apparatus for continuous intra-muscular infusion of penicillin, by Willen Bros. of London, designed by C. E. Last

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

Netsuke of a man being massaged, Japanese, 18th or 19th century.

A Japanese ivory figure of a man massaging the back of another man whilst he reads. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage helps the qi energy flow in channels around the body.

Tibetan doctor's bag.

Doctor's bag, from Tibet, c. 1850-1930. A leather and cloth medicine bag with drawstring, containing 50 small leather bags full of medicine, plus instruments.

Men worshipping the god Yaowang, China, Ching period, 1800-1911.

A model of a group of men worshipping Yaowang, the Buddhist god of medicine. Gods have always played a part in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Pharmacy tile, English, 17th century.

Earthenware pill tile, tin glazed, polychrome, octagonal and decorated with the arms of the Society of Apothecaries, Lambeth, English, 17th century

Combined alembic and cucurbit, probably 19th century.

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

Powder insufflator, 1871-1900.

This instrument is made out of vulcanite, horn and silk. Insufflators are used to blow air, or in this case medicated powder, into the lungs or into a body cavity.