1928.69.1186 .1 1928.69.1186 .2

Thorns used for closing the wound on a pig after castration [.1 - .2]. [L.Ph 'DCF 2004-2006 What's Upstairs?' 12/1/2005]

Place details: ASIA. India / Nagaland. Cultural Group: Southern Asia, Naga, Rengma Naga: Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Plant Thorn / ?. Processes: ?. Dimensions: Max L [.1] = 63 mm Max L [.2] = 58 mm Field Collector: James Philip Mills When Collected: By 1929 Other Owners: James Philip Mills PRM Source: James Philip Mills Acquired: Donated June 1929

KEYWORD: Surgical Instrument / CLASS: Medicine / Agriculture and Horticulture / ?.

Publications history, trails & websites: This object was chosen to feature in a trail around the Pitt Rivers Museum in association with the Museum of English Rural Life on Farming The First 12,000 years (https://merl.reading.ac.uk/explore/online-exhibitions/farming12k/). It featured in a pamphlet with the caption "Castration thorns. Pigs were first domesticated around 11,000 years ago in the Tigris Valley, modern-day Turkey. Pigs are largely reared for meat. Male pigs are castrated to reduce aggression, prevent unwanted reproduction, and to improve flavour. Similar practices also occur in other animal husbandry contexts. Thorns like these were used by Rengma Naga people in Nagaland, India, to close and help the heating of castration wounds on a pig." [FB 5/1/2021]