L0058005 Cupping instruments in leather case, London, England, 1801-1
Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images
Cupping often involves bloodletting a practice once carried out to treat a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. Heated cups were placed on the skin to draw the blood to the surface. Dry cupping was a process of stimulating the skin through suction but one where the skin remains unbroken. Wet cupping was when the skin was then cut usually by a scarificator to remove blood.
This set would have been used for both dry and wet cupping. It contains a scarificator with room for twelve blades, a number of spare blades, two cupping glasses and a spirit lamp, which would have heated alcohol or liquid fuel to warm the cups. The leather case is embossed with the name T. Keen who may well have been the original owner.
Place made: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
made: 1801-1900 Published: –
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