Roman lamp depicts gynecological exam

Spanish archaeologists have discovered a rare 1st century ceramic lamp depicting a gynecological exam. The lamp was found near the city of Leon in northern Spain.

Archaeologist Angel Morillo said that the lamp was a "unique find without parallel in the Roman world." Instruments like the one depicted on the lamp are known to have been used by the Romans. "We know that during that period there were vaginal speculums, which are practically the same as the ones we have (now), but ... representations of them have come down (to us) on very few occasions and never - so far - in the case of a lamp," Morillo said.