The seven-month-old fœtus in the womb

The many accessories which served to demonstrate the various stages of pregnancy include the representation of a womb and a seven-month-old foetus.
The rounded womb measures 24 cm in diameter. It features a parchment label, written with a goose quill. It is made of fabric stuffed with cotton, and is open along its length to reveal the placenta. The inside is fully lined with flesh-coloured leather, and the fœtal side of the placenta is embroidered with red and blue theads representing the arteries and veins around the umbilical cord. The cord measures about 50cm and is linked to the navel of the foetus.
The foetus is of light pink-coloured silk taffeta, stuffed with cotton. The head is leaning forwards, the nose is shaped, and the hair and eyes drawn with ink.
The ears are made of pieces of stitched leather. The legs are bent and held in place by the folded arms. The fingers and toes are clearly individualised (an important detail for delivery manoeuvres, as the midwife needed to feel what she was doing). The foetus is estimated to be 36 cm long, which corresponds to life size.