BetaThis search tool is in development. Find out more.
Digital Images

Circumcision knife, Europe, 1775-1785

Science Museum, London


Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Science Museum, London
Can I use this?

About this work


Circumcision – the removal of the foreskin of the penis – is practised across the world often for cultural and religious reasons. In some countries it is also promoted for reasons of hygiene and health. In Britain, circumcision is mainly carried out in connection with religious practices. In the United States it remains the most common surgical operation and well over fifty per cent of the male population are circumcised. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe


License information

License information

You can use this work for any purpose, including commercial uses, without restriction under copyright law. You should also provide attribution to the original work, source and licence.

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) terms and conditions


Circumcision knife, Europe, 1775-1785. Credit: Science Museum, London. CC BY

We’re improving the information on this page. Find out more.