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Coil of dried eel skin, United Kingdom, 1880-1930
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Coil of dried eel skin, United Kingdom, 1880-1930
Coil of eel skin strip, amuletic worn round finger to cure
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Work Type
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Date
1880-1930
Location
United Kingdom
Measurements
overall: 63 mm 31 mm,
Description
Coil of eel skin strip, amuletic worn round finger to cure, ward off cramp, probably English, 1880-1930
The growing influence of biomedicine in the 1800s did not necessarily replace established forms of treatment based on belief and superstition. What could be referred to as folk medicine " customs that often went back generations " continued to be practised. For example, eel skins wrapped around the finger to ward off cramp were a Scottish medical tradition. The eel had first to be killed, skinned and then dried out to keep its coiled shape. Garters of eel skin around the thigh were also worn in Suffolk to prevent rheumatism and cramp. It is shown here with a similar example (A665586).
The growing influence of biomedicine in the 1800s did not necessarily replace established forms of treatment based on belief and superstition. What could be referred to as folk medicine " customs that often went back generations " continued to be practised. For example, eel skins wrapped around the finger to ward off cramp were a Scottish medical tradition. The eel had first to be killed, skinned and then dried out to keep its coiled shape. Garters of eel skin around the thigh were also worn in Suffolk to prevent rheumatism and cramp. It is shown here with a similar example (A665586).
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co103018
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Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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