Anatomical figure of a pregnant woman, posibly Italian, 1600-1800.
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This ivory figure with removable organs is depicted lying on a wood and cloth bed with an ivory pillow under its head. It was probably used to instruct lay people about basic human anatomy, particularly relating to pregnancy. It is unlikely that such figures would have been used to instruct medical students or midwives due to the inadequate anatomical detail.