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Ivory artificial nose, Europe, 1701-1800

Science Museum, London


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Carved from a single piece of ivory, this prosthetic nose would have been an expensive purchase beyond the means of most people. It is unclear how the nose was worn as there are no holes for straps. It may have been fixed to any existing nasal structure. Common causes of nose injuries were warfare and syphilis (a sexually transmitted infection that can eventually cause the bridge of the nose to collapse). maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe


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Ivory artificial nose, Europe, 1701-1800. Credit: Science Museum, London. CC BY

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