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Bow frame amputation saw, Europe, 1575-1585

This amputation saw has an elaborate handle design which ends in a griffin’s head – the griffin being a mythological creature which has the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. The level of decoration is typical of the period. Unfortunately, such decorative features provided a good environment in which germs could thrive.

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    Glossary: amputation saw

    Saw used for amputation. These tend to be instruments from the past, and were in common usage from c. 1500-1940 in Europe.

    Glossary: amputation

    Removal of part of, or a whole limb by surgery. Used to control pain or the spread of disease in the affected limb.