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Plaster figure wearing orthopaedic appliances, England, 1860-1910

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This statue is believed to have been placed outside an orthopaedic device maker’s shop and used to advertise some of the products available. The small figure has the appearance of a typical statue from ancient Greece or Rome, yet his torso, arm, wrist, thigh, knee, and calf are being supported by orthopaedic devices. These are made from fabric and leather and fastened with metal straps and buttons and include a truss, knee support and a large jacket-like spinal support.

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Glossary: advertisement

A public notice or announcement especially one advertising goods or services in newspapers, on posters, or in broadcasts

Glossary: statue

A sculpture in the round representing human or animal figures or small figure groups; a statuette is a smaller sculpture.

Glossary: orthopaedics

The branch of medicine concerned with the preservation and restoration of the muscular and skeletal systems in the body.