Artificial hand and forearm, 17th century.

 
Artificial hand and forearm, 17th century.
4 0 c m
 
28cm
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

Description

Artificial iron arm, for left hand below-elbow amputee. Artificial limbs such as these were expensive items made by armourers, and they allowed wearers who had lost a limb in combat to continue with their fighting career. This one is believed to date from the 17th century, although some examples of such arms have recently been recognised as later copies. Close up of hand (palm facing).

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