Copy of a statue of a man with kyphosis, Cairo, Egypt, 1920-1933

Made:
1920-1933 in Cairo
maker:
Egyptian Museum
Figure of hunchback, plaster, 3000 - 2000 BC. Side view to show hump. Black background. Figure of hunchback, plaster, 3000 - 2000 BC. Front three quarter view. Black background. Figure of hunchback, plaster, 3000 - 2000 BC. Side detail view to show hump. Black background.

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Figure of hunchback, plaster, 3000 - 2000 BC. Side view to show hump. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Figure of hunchback, plaster, 3000 - 2000 BC. Front three quarter view. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Figure of hunchback, plaster, 3000 - 2000 BC. Side detail view to show hump. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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

Figure of a hunchback, plaster, copy of wooden original from Sakkara, 3000-2001BC

The curvature of the backbone is medically known as kyphosis but is more commonly known as a ‘hunchback’. It may have been caused by tuberculosis of the spine, now known as Pott’s disease.

Henry Wellcome did his utmost to acquire objects for his collection. He was not always successful. Undeterred, he would seek permission to have copies made of those objects he could not acquire. This copy was purchased by one of his agents, Captain P Johnston-Saint, in Cairo, Egypt, in 1933. The original dates from 2000-1000 BCE.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634917
Materials:
complete, paint and plaster
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Egyptian Museum