Bloodletting Cup

Description
This aqua–colored blown glass bloodletting cup has a wide base and a rolled lip. Cups for bloodletting were also made of tin and deer or livestock antlers. Suction is created by heating the cup. The warm cup is applied to the skin and the suction created brings the blood to the surface of the skin.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cup
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4.2 cm x 3.8 cm; 1 21/32 in x 1 1/2 in
ID Number
1991.0664.1045
catalog number
M-06109
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 821
catalog number
1991.0664.1045
subject
Pharmacy
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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