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Developmental Model of a Human Heart

Developmental Model of a Human Heart

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Adolf Ziegler (1820-1889) opened an Atelier für wissenschaftliche Unterrichtsmodelle (Studio for Scientific Teaching Models) in Leipzig in the 1860s. His son, Friedrich Ziegler (d. 1936) continued the firm. This model is the fourth in a 12 piece set of Ziegler models showing the development of the human heart, based on the ideas of Wilhelm His. It is made of wax and sits on a round wooden base painted black. The Smithsonian bought it in 1895.
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Object Name
Anatomical Model
model, anatomical, human heart
date made
Associated Name
Ziegler, Friedrich
Ziegler Studio
place made
Germany: Saxony, Leipzig
Associated Place
Germany: Baden-Württemberg, Freiburg
overall: 7 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in x 5 in; 19.05 cm x 10.4775 cm x 12.7 cm
overall: 18.5 cm x 10.3 cm; 7 5/16 in x 4 1/16 in
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accession number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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