- Museum number
Amulet (?), medicinal stone made of a curved oblong piece of black marble (?), with a hole pierced on each side.
Length: 25.30 centimetres
Width: 17 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from H. Braunholz, 'Sir Hans Sloane and Ethnography', British Museum 1970, quoting Sloane's own manuscript catalogue: 'A hollow'd oblong Square piece of blackish marble with white spotts with two holes in it to be fastened to the region of the spleen when that viscus is affected.'
See also 1957,0205.1 for a similar object, thought to come from Spain.
See also G.F. Kunz, 'The Curious Lore of Precious Stones' (Philadelphia 1913), pp. 382-3, for reference to the Spanish discovery of native South American ornaments of jade, jadeite and nephrite said to have been used for diseases of the kidneys, and to W. Raleigh's description of jade stones in the Amazon, implying that they were used in England to cure 'spleene stones' (presumably kidney stones or gallstones).
According to Sloane's own writing of 1711 (British Library SL.MSS 4075) Sloane himself prescribed Jesuits' powder in wine with a vomit for a patient with spleen-related problems or for a 'sour stomach and hardness of the belly'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2017-2018 24 Nov-11 Jan, London, BM, G90a, Sloane & Medicine
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Eu1753D10.755 (old CDMS no.)