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Wax plaque showing a dissected female figure, Europe, 1801-1830

The plaque is made from wax and carved in relief to give a 3-D effect. It shows a female figure dissected to show a foetus in the uterus. The bottom half of the breasts are also dissected. The dissected woman is shown with robes, drawing on a classical style of art, a common practice at this time.

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A600051 Pt1

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Glossary: pregnancy

The condition of having a developing unborn embryo or foetus in the body. A human pregnancy is usually of 40 weeks gestation.

Glossary: anatomy

A branch of medical science concerned with the structure of living organisms.

Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: plaque

An ornamental tablet of metal, porcelain etc that depicts a person, scene or inscription. Often fixed to a building in commemoration of a person or notable historical occurence.

Glossary: foetus

The name given to the embryo during the later stages of development. In human reproduction it refers to an unborn child from its eighth week of development.

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