Ivory anatomical figure, Europe, 1601-1800
- Science Museum, London
Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
You can use this work for any purpose, including commercial uses, without restriction under copyright law. You should also provide attribution to the original work, source and licence.
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) terms and conditions https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Selected images from this work
About this work
Ivory female anatomical figures were almost always shown as pregnant, like this example. The torso is removable to show the intestines, heart, lungs, stomach and liver. The intestines can also be removed to show a well developed foetus. Female models normally came as a pair with a male equivalent and were popular in the 1600s and 1700s. The organs are not very detailed so it is unlikely that the model was used for medical teaching. The figure was possibly used to teach young couples about anatomy and pregnancy or it may have been a collector’s item.