Coloured wax model of a female, half skeletal, half living and dressed in regency clothing, England, 1810-1850

Made:
1810-1850 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Coloured wax model of female, half skeletal, half living and dressed in regency dress, badly damaged, English,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Coloured wax model of female, half skeletal, half living and dressed in regency dress, badly damaged, English,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Coloured wax model of female, half skeletal, half living and dressed in regency dress, badly damaged, English,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Coloured wax model of female, half skeletal, half living and dressed in regency dress, badly damaged, English,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Coloured wax model of female, half skeletal, half living and dressed in regency dress, badly damaged, English,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Coloured wax model of a female, half skeletal, half living and dressed in regency clothing, badly damaged, English, 1810-1850

This lady is dressed in Regency clothing typical of the first half of the 1800s. She is skilfully created out of wax. She is half woman, half skeleton. The statue may have been made for one of three reasons: a darkly comic novelty, a ‘memento mori’ (a reminder of death), or a teaching aid.

She is paired with a separate male statue (A78827). These two examples of regency waxwork were exhibited in Montreal, Canada at the International and Universal Exposition in 1967.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A78828
Materials:
bases, wood, metal, armatures, wax
Measurements:
model: 273 mm x 64 mm x 62 mm,
base: 22 mm 160 mm,
type:
anatomical figure
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment

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