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Brass surgical knife, Syria, 900-1100

Most of the blade of this ancient surgical knife is rusty and part of it is broken. The steel blade is slotted into a brass handle. The loop at the end may have been used as a finger hole to grip the knife during surgery. The knife is believed to date from 900-1100 CE, during which period the Islamic world became a major centre for medical study and practice.

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