Anatomical model of a human tongue

Made 1850-1894

This model of a partly dissected tongue, mandible and teeth was used for teaching purposes at Sydney Technical College in the late 1800s. It reveals details of the tongue’s anatomy, each labelled with a number, suggesting that a list of named parts was available to the students. Anatomical models are still used for teaching today, even as virtual reality allows students to fly through organs, wield a virtual scalpel or see an operation in 3D from the surgeon’s point of view.

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Anatomical model of a human tongue made of wood and mounted on a brown painted rectangular stand. The tongue is shown with and without the dorsum (upper surface) and separated by a vertical line down the middle. The side without the dorsum also shows the nerves and muscle. At the front of the tongue is a lower set of artificial teeth. Small paper squares with black handwritten numbers, labelled from one to ten, are attached to the tongue.


75 mm
84 mm


The anatomical model was made between 1850-1894 (maker and place of manufacture unknown).


The anatomical model was used by Sydney Technical College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. This type of model would have been used for demonstrations to medical students and the medical profession.
Sydney Technical College


Gift of Sydney Technical College, 1894
19 December, 1894

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Anatomical model of a human tongue 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 December 2017, <>
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This object is currently on display in This is a Voice at the Powerhouse Museum.
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