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$ 9,717

Female Life-size Anatomical Écorche Torso Model, Shimadzu Company

Origin Japan
Period 1920-1949
Materials Resin
W. 16.54 in; H. 39.96 in; D. 13.39 in;
W. 42 cm; H. 101.5 cm; D. 34 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1934
Description De Shimadzu company in Kyoto made anatomical models of humans and models of plants and mineral specimen. Their specimen department was established in 1895. In contrast to the usual heavy anatomical models in plaster, Shimadzu produced models from paper with a resin coating. This Shimadzu fibre was not only light but also resistant to water. In 1911 the corporation obtained a patent for the Shimadzu fibre. Finally, the company managed to make a human anatomical figure consisting of 138 parts that could be taken apart. The exterior of the figure showing one half of the torso flayed revealing the muscular structure of the body, the chest and abdomen consists of a removable section which is attached by metal clips to the main body, removing the plate reveals 16 internal organs which can be detached individually; the head of the figure may also be deconstructed into six individual components; the interior and exterior of the figure is painted and lacquered to further represent a human torso and its anatomical structure, in addition to the painted surface the model has approximately 300 numbered labels applied to the surface, the figure is supported on a two piece base / plinth constructed from a dark close grained wood between which is a metal fixing which allows 360° rotation around the base,105cm high x 27cm deep x 32cm wide The main torso of the figure is made from fibrous pulp surrounding a wire and wooden armature, layers of fiber are applied to the pulp to create a substrate onto which a white ground is applied (gesso), this ground provides the base onto which arteries and veins made from wire are applied. Both the interior and exterior of the figure are lacquered: the many colours used include reds and blues (representing oxygenated or oxygen-depleted areas) as well as ochres, browns and greens. The removable organs are made from the same materials. Some of the organs, including the heart, are further detailed with wrapped wire and fine threads, which show the inner mechanism. Attached to the organs are numerous ferrous metal pins, eyes, hinges and hooks which connect, retaining them in place when assembled within the figure. Some organs are permanently fixed to the inside of the torso. The eyes are made of glass with a striking green iris and black pupil.
Styles / Movements Modern
Dealer Reference Number 1892
Incollect Reference Number 463161
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