Bloodletting Cup

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
18th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 4.2 cm x 3.8 cm; 1 21/32 in x 1 1/2 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 821
catalog number
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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