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Artificial hand, Europe, 1880-1920

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Leather straps and rings strap this wooden artificial hand to the forearm and elbow. The fingers are carved with fingernails and palm lines. Each has three joints. This allows them to be physically moved into different positions. The hand was worn for aesthetic reasons rather than practical ones.

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Glossary: prostheses

Artificial body parts, or materials inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic effect. Prostheses can be functional (artificial arms and legs), or cosmetic (artificial eye).

Glossary: artificial hand

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