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Ivory female anatomical figure, Europe, undated
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Ivory female anatomical figure, Europe, undated
Ivory anatomical figure, a pregnant female
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Work Type
Anatomy & Pathology
Date
undated
Location
Europe
Material
bier, cloth
bier, wood
figure, ivory
Description
Ivory anatomical figure, a pregnant female, with some removable internal organs, lying on cloth-covered bier
The torso of this ivory female anatomical figure can be removed to show the lungs and intestines. Removing the intestines reveals the uterus with a foetus ready to be born, as well as the stomach and liver. The piece of red string represents the umbilical cord.
Ivory anatomical models were popular in the 1600s and 1700s and normally came in male and female pairs, where the female was almost always shown as pregnant. The organs are not very detailed so it is unlikely that the model was used for medical teaching. The figure was possibly used to teach young couples about anatomy or pregnancy or it may have been a collector s item.
The torso of this ivory female anatomical figure can be removed to show the lungs and intestines. Removing the intestines reveals the uterus with a foetus ready to be born, as well as the stomach and liver. The piece of red string represents the umbilical cord.
Ivory anatomical models were popular in the 1600s and 1700s and normally came in male and female pairs, where the female was almost always shown as pregnant. The organs are not very detailed so it is unlikely that the model was used for medical teaching. The figure was possibly used to teach young couples about anatomy or pregnancy or it may have been a collector s item.
Accession Number
ID Number
co76367
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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The source metadata displayed in the Description field is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
All other source metadata is released under Creative Commons Zero.
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large_A125175__0003_.jpg
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26439849

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