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Ancient Artifacts

These artifacts represent the museum's holdings from the ancient world.

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Couching Needle
Roman couching needle. Bronze needle has point at one end. 1 inch from the other end there is a hole the metal is twisted as if to aid grip.
Unknown
Denarius Coin
Coin issued in ancient Rome called a denarius. Obverse of coin depicts the Emperor or Caesar Caracalla, also known as Marcus Aurelius Septimius Bassianus Antoninus, who ruled the Roman Empire from 196-217 CE. In 215 CE, Caracalla made a visit to Pergamum seeking a cure for an ailment and this imp
c215 AD
Etruscan surgical instruments
Four metal needles of various sizes (long with one pointed end and one end flattened into a circle). It is believed that these were Etruscan surgical instruments unearthed in Northern Italy, however, the exact purposes of these instruments are not known.
500 BCE
Etruscan surgical instruments
Three metal needles of various sizes. It is believed that these were Etruscan surgical instruments unearthed in Northern Italy, however, the exact purposes of these instruments are not known.
500 BCE
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Ex-voto
Eye fashioned out of clay for a prayer offering. This example was purchased by the donor in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1988.
200 BCE
Faience eye amulet
Ancient flat amulet depicting four eyes, one pair with eyebrows inverted over the other with teardrops falling from each eye. Both sides are molded and covered in a light green faience or glaze. Drill hole through center.
Faience Wadjet eye amulet
Egyptian antique flat amulet depicting the Eye of Horus. Both sides are molded and covered in a light green faience or glaze. The iris and eye brow are black. Space around the iris has been perforated so that the sclera is void. Drill hole through center.

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American Academy of Ophthalmology