This amazing hand painted and highly detailed anatomical torso is made from papier mâché, wood and plaster, detachable into 8 parts as follows:
- Two Lungs (one normal, one diseased)
- Heart two parts
- Intestine (with intestinal window)
- Torso on wooden base
Condition: It has a lot of marks of use, organs have cracks, chips etc. but all still are nice solid pieces.
History: This model was used from 1920's at Jagiellonian university in Krakow, Poland. It was rehoused in 2013 from the 80 years old professor who was connected with this university all his life. He also said that model was used in the local hospital.
Since there are no longer any visible labels on the model, from thorough research, it is presumed the bust is the work of Louis M. Meusel. The Firma Meusel was founded in 1912 in Sonneberg in Thuringen, and has disappeared from the picture after the Second World War. Nowadays, there is hardly any data available from the Company, but it is suspected that the company has been taken over by SOMO. Busts like this were often used in instructional learning environments. In this way, the students could then get to know the human body better without getting their hands dirty. The busts (like this one) were still hand painted at the time. Given the fragility of the plaster, it is very rare that the piece is still there.
As you will see from the pictures, the torso has significant damage to the neck which could be repaired as it's relatively superficial.
• Material: Plaster, papier mâché, wood
• Dimensions: 68cm High, Base: 35cm x 25.5cm
• Antique circa 1920
• We have included detailed images of the condition of each piece, please check these if you are interested in purchasing
• UK shipping only - we would not recommend this item to be shipped outside of the UK given it's fragility and weight