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Homo sapiens - Chest (sternum)

Homo sapiens - Chest (sternum)

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Homo sapiens - Chest (sternum)

Victorian era (1834-1901), England.

A single piece. About 120mm x 55mm in size.

An elderly human sternum that was used for medical teaching. The breastbone (sternum) is a long and flat bone located in the middle of the chest. The ribs attach to it directly with the help of rib cartilages (costae sternales). The sternum consists of a larger, flat body of the sternum (corpus sterni) and a triangular part at its top, the handle of the sternum (manubrium sterni), which is well developed in those animal species that also have well-developed clavicles. Both clavicles articulate with this triangular part.

Symbol meaning

The symbolism of the bones of the human body is ancient and rich. Bones symbolize mortality, irrevocability and the end. The human skull is a classic example of this, a "memento mori" - a reminder of mortality. The skull is immediately found on toxic chemical warning signs and pirate flags. Churches and sanctuaries are decorated with them. Human bones have been made into sacred instruments and ritual vessels. Many indigenous peoples have a strong belief in the spirits of ancestors and their connection to the living. In these cultures, bones have been used as communication aids between ancestral spirits and the living during important rituals. Bones are considered a link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Bones are not only associated with death and the past, but also with life, the future and rebirth. In the Bible, Eve was born from Adam's rib:

Then the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep and while he was sleeping he took one of his ribs and filled the place with flesh. The Lord God made this rib into a woman and brought her to the man. And the man said:

This is it! this is

bone from my bone

and flesh of my flesh.

As a woman, let's say:

from the man he is taken.

(Genesis 2:21–23)

Note! All human osteological specimens we sell are former medical teaching specimens. We do not sell, buy or pass on osteological pieces whose history or origin is unknown or whose identifying marks do not meet these criteria. Finnish law prohibits breaking the peace (Finnish Criminal Code 563/1998, chapter 17, section 12.)

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