Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Double Surgical Instrument

Spoon and Spatula

Front Sideview Back Spoon Middle part with turquise decoration Spatula Two Makaras Eyelet to fix at cloth Similar  simpler old surgical instrument Two similar surgical instruments on a medical thangka [17th cent]

This surgical "Double" instrument was used in ancient Tibet. It is made of metal and was silver-plated, gold-plated, polished and engraved. Both parts have different functions. One side has the shape of a spatula, which could be used for mixing pastes, taking swabs or inspecting the oral cavity. The second part ends with a round spoon with which, for example, liquid remedies were administered.

The connection of both parts in the middle shows two »Makaras« [mythological sea dragons] from whose both maws the spoon or the spatula emerges. »Makaras« are especially known for their position in a mandala. There they protect the four gates.

The connection of the two instruments was decorated by three turquoises. On the bottom there is an eyelet with which the doctor could attach the instrument to his clothes.

Another picture shows two comparable historical instruments described in the 9th century and illustrated for the first time in the 17th century in the Tibetan »Blue Beryl« - the main commentary to the Four Tantras medical text. [More below]

Surgery played only a minor role in ancient Tibet. One of the main reasons for this were probably the serious hygiene problems in everyday life at the time. Lack of disinfection made every surgical procedure a vabanque game.

Additional Information regarding surgery instruments of the Tibetan medicine.

Measurements: 10 x 1 x 0.6" | 25.5 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm
Price: 413 $ | 425.00 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Silver and gold plated Metal
Age: Prob. early 20th cent.
Condition: Excellant - only one of the three turquoises is damaged
High resolution: Display [175 KB, 3697 x 439 px.]
Inquiry / Order