Papier mache anatomical figure, covered with human skin, Japan

Made:
1801-1930 in Japan
maker:
Japanese

Papier mache anatomical figure, covered with human skin, Japanese

This small Japanese papier-mâché model of the body has the chest cut away to reveal the ribs, lungs, heart and arteries. Its teeth and tongue are visible, and the figure is wrapped in preserved human skin.

Before the invention of the X-ray machine in 1895, seeing inside the human body was restricted to the dissection theatre. However, this scope was limited. Most cultures had religious or ethical taboos about dissection. Cadavers were also difficult to acquire and preserve. Anatomical models allow students to study the body’s internal structures in detail without the need for a dissection.

Details

Category:
Oriental Medicine
Object Number:
A661119
Materials:
bone, glass, hair, ivory, papier mache, skin
type:
human skin
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment
credit:
Wellcome Trust
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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