Wax anatomical model of a human head

1801-1900 in Europe

Wax anatomical dissection model of human head showing internal structure of brain, eye, cheek, neck and jaw, unsigned, European (possibly German), 1801-1900 (see note).

This wax model of a human head shows the internal structure of the brain, complete with its protective covering, the meninges, the eye, cheek, neck and jaw. Wax models were used for teaching anatomy to medical students or as part of popular anatomy shows. They were used to pick out and emphasise specific features of the body, making their structure and function easier to understand, especially at a time when few bodies were available for dissection. The model was donated by the Department of Human Anatomy at the University of Oxford.

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Anatomy & Pathology
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hair, paint and wax
cut-away object
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment
  • visual and verbal communication
  • model - representation
Oxford University (Dept. Human Anatomy)

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