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H1732 Anatomical model, human head, wood / papier-mache / plaster / paint, maker unknown, 1850-1894. Click to enlarge.

Anatomical model of human head

Made 1850-1894

In the early 1800s medical and scientific teaching expanded and there was an increase in demand for anatomical models. Wax which had been used to make models was replaced by other materials which were less delicate and susceptible to changes in temperature. Modellers like Tramond and Auzoux found papier-mâché more robust and it enabled them to fashion models in sections which could be removed in layers as if a real dissection were taking place.

Louis Thomas Jérome Auzoux was a pioneer who intro...

Summary

Object No.

H1732

Object Statement

Anatomical model, human head, wood / papier-mache / plaster / paint, maker unknown, 1850-1894

Physical Description

Anatomical model, human head, wood / papier-mache / plaster / paint, maker unknown, 1850-1894

Anatomical model of a human head and shoulders made of painted plaster and papier-mache and mounted on an oval wooden base. The model shows a bisected head. One side shows the muscles, veins and nerves with a closed eye and skin covered ear, while the other side shows the skeletal structure including eyeball and teeth, with roots and nerves. Both sides of the neck and shoulders show the collar bone with muscles and veins. There are two cylindrical holes on both ends of the mount and there is some cracking to the paint all over the model.

Marks

Roman numerals and numbers are handwritten in black ink all over the exterior of the model.

Dimensions

Height

350 mm

Width

380 mm

Production

Notes

This anatomical model was made around 1850-1894.

Made

1850-1894

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Sydney Technical College, 1894

Acquisition Date

19 December 1894

Cite this Object

Harvard

Anatomical model of human head 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 15 October 2019, <https://ma.as/233949>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/233949 |title=Anatomical model of human head |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=15 October 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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