Bronze male anatomical figure, England, 1731-1770

Made:
1731-1770 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Bronze anatomical figure of male, right arm missing, depicts musculature and part of arterial system, probably English, early 18th century

Sculpted from bronze, this type of anatomical figure showing the muscles without the skin is known as écorché. Part of the arterial blood network, which carries blood away from the heart, can also be seen. Anatomical figures were used to teach medical students anatomy as there was a shortage of bodies available for dissection as well as cultural and social taboos to be overcome. Preservation was also difficult. The figures were valued for their visual appeal and were often presented in stylised artistic poses.

Details

Category:
Anatomy & Pathology
Object Number:
A653940
type:
anatomical figure
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment