Anatomical figure of a pregnant woman, Europe, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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

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 wooden and cloth bed with ivory pillow, possibly 18th century

This ivory figure of a pregnant female is lying on a wood and cloth bed and has an ivory pillow under its head. The figure has some removable organs. This type of figure was probably used to instruct lay people about basic human anatomy, particularly related to pregnancy, and male figures were also produced. It is unlikely that these figures would have been used to instruct medical students or midwives due to the inadequate anatomical detail.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A78835
Materials:
figure, ivory, stand, cloth, stand, wood
type:
anatomical figure
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment
credit:
Taeuber and Weil

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