Ivory female anatomical figure, Germany, 1601-1800

Made:
1601-1800 in Germany
maker:
Unknown

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Ivory anatomical figures of a pregnant female, with some internal organs removable. Top View. Internal parts exposed.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ivory anatomical figures of a pregnant female, with some internal organs removable. Top View. Grey Background
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 stand

Female ivory anatomical models of this type were popular in the 1600s and 1700s, and were almost always shown as pregnant. When the torso is removed, representations of the organs such as the heart, lungs, intestines and kidneys can be seen. A protective hand lies over the pregnant woman’s child.

These figures normally came in male and female pairs. The anatomical features of the organs are not very detailed so it is unlikely that the model was made for medical teaching. The figure was possibly used to teach young couples about anatomy and pregnancy or it may have been a collector’s item.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A642638
Materials:
figure, ivory, stand, ebony, stand, ivory
type:
anatomical figure
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment

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