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Carved anatomical male figure
Carved boxwood anatomical male figure, wearing loincloth
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Work Type
Anatomy & Pathology
Date
1801-1900
Location
Italy
Description
Carved boxwood anatomical male figure, wearing loincloth, left arm outstretched, illustrates musculature, Italian, 19th century
Carved from boxwood, this anatomical figure showing the muscles without the skin is known as an ecorche. Anatomical figures were used to teach medical students anatomy as there was a shortage of bodies available for dissection. Preservation was also difficult. The figures were valued for their visual appeal and were often presented in stylised artistic poses. This example was bought from an Italian collector by one of Henry Wellcome s collecting agents, Captain Johnston-Saint, in September 1931.
Carved from boxwood, this anatomical figure showing the muscles without the skin is known as an ecorche. Anatomical figures were used to teach medical students anatomy as there was a shortage of bodies available for dissection. Preservation was also difficult. The figures were valued for their visual appeal and were often presented in stylised artistic poses. This example was bought from an Italian collector by one of Henry Wellcome s collecting agents, Captain Johnston-Saint, in September 1931.
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co76336
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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