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Bronze scalpel

The handle at the middle is square in section. At one end, there is a slot for the insertion of a sharp iron blade (now missing), and at other end, there is a leaf-shaped blade for blunt dissection procedures. Imperial

Knife

Peru

Bronze knife with ram's-head handle

Handle ending in a head of a ram.

Bronze scalpel/dissector

The instrument is a typical example of a Graeco-Roman surgeon's scalpel. One end serves as a leaf-shaped dissector, while the other forms a rectangular handles with a central wedge-shaped slot that originally h... more

Bronze scalpel

This scalpel is typical of one of the principal surgical instruments used by Roman doctors and surgeons. Imperial

Bone knife handle

With lion's head.

Knife with a Hand Holding an Orb

The handles of common tools were often embellished with sculpted figures. The design of this piece may have symbolic importance or may simply reflect its use as a fruit knife.

Knife blade

Iran, Qasr-i Abu Nasr Sasanian

Knife

Found Egypt, Medinet Habu

Piece of sheath for knife

Caucasus region Six Dynasties Period

Knife Blade

The finely damascened gold ornament on this diminutive blade identifies it as belonging to a small and only recently recognized group of similarly decorated knives. Based on the style of decoration, they have b... more

Knife Handle

United States, Alaska

Axe Head

Ecuador

Ceremonial Knife (Tumi)

The Moche people of northern Peru (first–seventh century) were among the first to use copper, often with the addition of arsenic to harden the metal and improve the quality of the cast. Moche metalworkers hamme... more

Ceremonial Knife

Peru, Cajamarca (?)

Ornamental Knife

Colombia (?)

Steel Knife with Ivory Handle

Made in Venice, Italy

Ornamented Knife (tumi)

The Inca inherited a metalworking tradition that began well over 2,000 years before their rise to power. They brought metalworkers from all over the empire, especially the north coast, to their capital Cuzco, t... more

Serving Knife

This serving knife, and its pair (see ac. no. 51.118.3), has been attributed to Hans Sumersperger of Hall, the knifesmith of Maximilian I, at whose splendid court the influence of northern late Gothic and Itali... more

Vajra Flaying Knife

This flaying knife is styled in the Indian manner, with a long, hooked steel blade for butchering and flaying. A vajra (thunderbolt scepter), symbol par excellence of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, forms the handl... more

Serving Knife

This serving knife, and its pair (see ac. no. 51.118.2), has been attributed to Hans Sumersperger of Hall, the knifesmith of Maximilian I, at whose splendid court the influence of northern late Gothic and Itali... more

Knife

Peru