Anglo-Saxon 'Ring-Bound' Toilet Set 017648

Anglo-Saxon 'Ring-Bound' Toilet Set 017648
Anglo-Saxon ‘Ring-Bound’ Toilet Set
Copper-alloy, 6.86 grams, 99.75 mm. 5th-7th century AD. An unusual set of early Anglo-Saxon toilet implements, complete with their suspension ring. The first implement is a pointed rod about 82 mm long with a slight thickening above the point. The second is a rod of about 62mm length with a small dished section at the lower end. The third is a longer pointed rod of about 89 mm. Sets such as these were often used for keeping the body clean and well-appointed, for cleaning the nails and ears, and the spoon could be used for measuring tiny amounts of cosmetic substances. However, the lack of tweezers may indicate that this particular set was intended for medical rather than cosmetic purposes, the pointed rods heated and used for lancing boils and as picks while the spoon was used to control the quantities of active substances such as belladonna (called in Old English solsece) or foxglove (foxes clife). The twisted wire suspension ring is breached but otherwise complete. Reference: cf. the silver set in Webster, L. & Backhouse, J. The Making of England. Anglo-Saxon Art and Culture AD 600-900, London, 1991, p.52 item 33(g) and Pollington, S. Leechcraft - Early English Charms, Plantlore and Healing, Swaffham, 2008. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Norfolk.
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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