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Suspended on the ring are three implements: tweezers, a pronged probe and a scoop, all made from bronze. The items may be used for personal grooming and could also have had a medical use. The item was part of the Sforza collection which Henry Wellcome purchased in August 1930 for £250. The collection was largely Roman surgical instruments with some medieval and domestic items.

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Glossary: hygiene

The science of health and how to maintain it. A condition or practice which promotes good health. The definition varies widely and differs across cultures.

Glossary: probe

medical tool used during diagnostic process

Glossary: scoop

A long handled spoon like instrument used for scraping parts of the body, or extracting foreign bodies.

Glossary: tweezers

No description.

Glossary: toilet accessory

Piece of equipment that is associated with the toilet or personal hygiene routine such as toothbrushes, hairbrushes, combs etc