Early 20th c. French Medical Hand Model c.1920



Early 20th century large French plaster hand model used as a medical teaching device. Lacquered plaster custom heavy steel stand. 

Shown with life size hand model. 

  • CREATOR Possibly Maison Deyrolle, France, c. 1920.
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE Hand: c.1920-1930, Base: 2024. 
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Lacquered Plaster, Steel. 
  • CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Repair to one fingernail. 
  • DIMENSIONS H 20.5 in. W 16.5 in. D 4 in., Base: H 2.5 in. W 8 in. D 8 in. 


Medical educators rely on models to depict anatomical structures in a more efficient format than the cadaver; to move away from the clutter, discomfort, and complexity of a cadaveric dissection; and to clarify characteristics or functions of an anatomical structure that are not readily apparent in situ.

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