Framed wax bust of an imbecile, Italy, 1501-1600

Made:
1501-1600 in Italy
maker:
Unknown

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Wax bust of an imbecile, also showing a skin disease, framed, Italian, 16th century

The ‘bust of an imbecile’ is how this 1500s wax model is described. The individual also shows signs of an extensive skin disease, which may be bubonic. The origins and purpose of this object are uncertain.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
A134877
Materials:
bust, wax, frame, glass and frame, wood
type:
wax model
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • figure - representation