Jan 24 -

A Life-Size Intricately-Detailed Anatomical Model: Designed by the French Physician Dr. Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux Crafted by Workshop of Louis Auzoux (1797-1880) This rare hand sculpted sculpture retains its original cast iron base. 

Dr. Auzoux realized in 1822 during his medical training, that cadavers rapidly deteriorated and wax models were not readily available, hence there was a need in the field for anatomically correct models. The workshop of Louis Auzoux used an innovative papier-mâché method to cast anatomical figures for teaching purposes. (Reference: “Maine Antiques Digest,” June, 2012). 

The internal body cavity and head open and, like the exterior they are meticulously labeled with Latin inscriptions on small strips of paper. 

(Source: catafalques)

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