Plaster model of a human eye, France, 1870

Made:
1870 in France
maker:
Unknown

Plaster model of a sectioned human eye, French, 1870

The model shows an eye in section, as if cut in half, including the surrounding muscle, bone and blood vessels of the eye socket. The optic nerve that sends signals to the brain can be seen at the rear. The model was probably used to demonstrate the anatomy of the eye to medical students. Seeing body parts on a larger scale, rather than life size, makes the structure easier to understand. There are small numbers placed on different sections of the model, suggesting that there was an explanatory key to help with learning the names of the various parts of the eye.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A661186
Materials:
glass, metal, plaster
type:
eye
taxonomy:
  • animal remains
  • organ - animal material
  • visual and verbal communication

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