Coloured wax model of a female, half skeletal, half living and dressed in regency clothing, England, 1810-1850: This lady is dressed in Regency clothing typical of the first half of the 1800s. She is skilfully created out of wax. She is half woman, half skeleton. The statue may have been made for one of three reasons: a darkly comic novelty, a ‘memento mori’ (a reminder of death), or a teaching aid. She is paired with a separate male statue (A78827). These two examples of regency waxwork were exhibited in Montreal, Canada at the International and Universal Exposition in 1967.
cat·a·falque noun \ˈka-tə-ˌfȯ(l)k, -ˌfalk\
1: an ornamental structure sometimes used in funerals for the lying in state of the body
2: a pall-covered coffin-shaped structure used at requiem masses celebrated after burial