Two Late 19thC German Anatomical Models of Tongues by Bock Steger c.1890

Origin: German
Period: Late 19thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1890
Height: 3.75”
Width: 8”
Depth: 4.5” (each)

The cast and moulded polychrome painted didactic models of tongues, one having the brass plate for ‘Bock Steger Lips’, each in plaster and being hand painted and surviving from late nineteenth century Germany.

There is some chipping to the paint work though overall, they remain intact and complete; please refer to the photographs for a full visual reference.

Franz Josef Steger collaborated with pathological anatomist Carl Ernst Bock (1809-1874) at the University of Leipzig to produce models for the instruction of students. These were either direct casts or sculpted in plaster, porcelain or wax. Steger is best known for his plaster models. Steger's instructive models were sold in the mid-1800s through international catalogues and scientific shops in Germany. Steger models are of significant historical interest because of their contribution to anatomical teaching from the late nineteenth century to the present day, and replicas are still used in the teaching of anatomy in post-graduate anatomy courses.

Can be either table or wall mounted, either way they provide a real talking point.