Medical instruments, Nigeria, c 1880-1920.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Medical instruments, Nigeria, c 1880-1920.

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The bras ear clearer or scoop (bottom), has an engraved geometric design on the shaft and was used for the external auditory canal, and originates from Ibi, Nigeria. The steel and leather hook (top) was used to clear the throat of a new-born infant. The large pair of steel dental forceps (centre) were collected in Northern Nigeria by Dr Frances Wakefield. The small pair of iron forceps with twisted metal handles looped at the ends was used for extracting thorns by the Garo tribe.

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