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Opened the kiln after work and it’s like Christmas! So many exciting surprises! #babycreep #barnaclecreep #coralcreep #fingeranemone #porcelain #ceramics
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Tapio Wirkkala (Finnish), Aphrodite vase/sculpture (1973) for Rosenthal Studio-Line, Germany. White porcelain. / Modernity
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Kate MacDowell
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Neurosurgical Trephine Set by Haupner.
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c. 1880 antique hypodermic syringe
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A nesting set of patent 1884 Erhardt’s mouth specula


Demons Attacking a Man with Enemas

An army of demons armed with “clysters”, one of which is a huge cannon, attack a man tied to a tree. The vintage illustration is an early form of medical ‘satire’, dating around 1800, depicting the awful experience of having an enema. One of the demons is even holding a hammer, suggesting that he is going to insert his clyster into the man with extreme force.

Clyster is an archaic word for enema, more particularly for enemas administered using a clyster syringe pictured above. Clysters were used from the 1600’s to the end of the 1800’s.

An enema is the procedure of introducing liquids into the rectum and colon via the anus. The increasing volume of the liquid causes rapid expansion of the lower intestinal tract, making the procedure extremely painful.


vintage syringe 
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War and Prosthetics

There’s something undeniably beautiful about prosthetic limbs, designed to echo the physical grace and mechanical engineering of the human body. For most people, these objects elicit some combination of squeamish discomfort and utmost respect. But far fewer of us connect those feelings to the untold generations of battle-scarred amputees whose sacrifices made prosthetics a public priority.


Metal case engraved with an art nouveau design containing a hypodermic syringe, vial, needles, and file. 1880-1920

"The glass vial has a composite top and is stained with the residue of its red brown contents which would likely have been a form of opiate solution for injection. The glass of the Pravaz style syringe has hand etched graduations and the amount injected could also be limited by an adjustable screw in the plunger." 

Canvas  by  andbamnan