Ivory female anatomical figure, Europe, 1601-1800

Made:
1601-1800 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Ivory anatomical figure of a pregnant female. Top view, whole object, white background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ivory anatomical figure of a pregnant female. Top view, whole object, grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ivory anatomical figure of a pregnant female. Top view, whole object, grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ivory anatomical figure, a pregnant female, with some removable internal organs, possibly German, 17th or 18th century

Ivory anatomical figures were popular items in the 1600s and 1700s. This example shows a pregnant female. The torso is removable to show the internal organs such as the intestines. Female models such as this were almost always shown as pregnant and normally came as a pair with a male equivalent. 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 and pregnancy or it may have been a collector’s item. This example was purchased from a private collection in Florence, Italy, by one of Henry Wellcome’s collecting agents, Captain Johnston-Saint.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A79643
Materials:
couch, velvet, couch, wood, figure, ivory and ivory
type:
anatomical figure
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment
credit:
Albizo Albizi

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