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  • Ligula Roman
    Bronze; L. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.230.110)

    This type of bronze ligula is found in enormous numbers in a great variety. It was used for extracting ointment, balsams, and powders from tubes and boxes. The ligula is not, strictly speaking, a surgical instrument, although it was used by physicians for applying medicament to affected areas on the body.

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  • Ligula Roman
    Bronze; L. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.230.110)

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