Bronze anatomical figure, Europe, 1701–1800

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Bronze anatomical figure, Europe, 1701–1800. Sculpted from bronze, this type of anatomical figure showing the muscles without the skin is known as écorché. Anatomical figures were used to teach medical students anatomy as there was a shortage of bodies available for dissection as well as cultural and social taboos to be overcome. Preservation was also difficult. The figures were valued for their visual appeal and were often presented in stylised artistic poses. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: dvxhqt5e.

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