Wax injected human left arm

1831-1870 in Europe

Preserved human left arm

Wax was injected into the arteries, veins and muscles of this human left arm to preserve its structure. Anatomical preparations such as this were useful in an age when there was a lack of bodies available for dissection. They also allow for specific features such as the network of blood vessels to be highlighted.

This technique was perfected by, among others, Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), a Dutch anatomist who was also known for his fantastical and often grotesque arrangements of anatomical specimens.

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Anatomy & Pathology
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bone, human remains, paint and wax
human remains
  • human remains
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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