Ivory female anatomical figure, Germany, 1601-1800

Made:
1601-1800 in Germany
maker:
Unknown

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IIvory anatomical figure, a pregnant female, with some removable internal organs, lying on ebony couch, possibly
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ivory anatomical figure of a pregnant female. Top view, whole object, grey background., shot with internal organs
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ivory anatomical figure, a pregnant female, with some removable internal organs, lying on ebony couch, possibly German, 17th or 18th century

Lying on an ebony couch, this female anatomical model is shown as pregnant. The ivory torso can be removed to show the internal organs. Unfortunately, many are missing, as is the foetus from the uterus.

Popular in the 1600s and 1700s, female models like these were almost always shown as pregnant and normally came as a pair with a male equivalent. The organs are not very detailed so it is unlikely that the model was used for medical teaching. The figure was possibly made to teach young couples about anatomy and pregnancy or it may have been a collector’s item.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A642590
Materials:
figure, ivory, stand, ebony, stand, ivory, stand, velvet
type:
anatomical figure
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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