Illustrations of Arabic Dental Extraction

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Two old pages with ornate illustrations of dental surgery as practiced by Ottoman Turks. The first page is beautifully gilded with gold leaf.

It shows a dental surgeon wrestling to extract a tooth with some form of dental forceps. The second shows the surgeon using a crude bowstring drill with other dental instruments laid at his feet.

This was purchased as an antique, and although the manuscript paper is from the 18th or 19th century the drawing was done over these, most likely in the 20th century. They are included because although reproduction, the artwork particularly in the first example is of an unusually high standard.

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