THE FIRST PROSTHETIC?


This prosthetic toe may be the earliest example of mankind’s attempt to replace a lost body part. This wooden toe dated back to 950-710 BC and was found attached to the foot of Tabaketenmut, a priests daughter who may have lost her toe to gangrene following an illness.

The toe shows signs of use and wears and even has lace holes so it can be attached to a sock or a sandal. This means that the toe wasn’t just a cosmetic addition but the owner would be able to walk properly whilst it was attached to the foot.

The meticulous detail of the prosthetic would have required a serious amount of familiarity and understanding of physiology. The wearer wanted the toe to look as realistic as possible whilst also being comfortable to wear.

I wonder who made this toe? The skill and knowledge required to craft such a thing isn’t something historians usually see so early in human history.

What do you think?

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