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H1732 Anatomical model, human head, timer / papier-mache / plaster, maker unknown, place of production unknown, 1850-1894. Click to enlarge.

Anatomical model of human head

  • 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 …


Object No.


Object Statement

Anatomical model, human head, timer / papier-mache / plaster, maker unknown, place of production 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.


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



350 mm


380 mm



  • 1850-1894


This anatomical model was made around 1850-1894.


Credit Line

Gift of Sydney Technical College, 1894

Acquisition Date

19 December 1894

Cite this Object


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