A Duffin’s pessary beautifully carved from elephant ivory which has characteristic grain and a mellow patina. This would have been used to hold the uterus in place in the event of a prolapse.
The cup section would be inserted in the vagina so as to prevent downward movement of the prolapsed uterus. The lower part of the pessary would be extra-vaginal and this would have been held in place with a leather strap. The pessary dissembles into cup (5×5 cm), stem, securing ring and base (7 x 3 cm) the assembled piece is 7 cm high
- From the Phisick collection