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Artificial Leg; 1913; 6421

Artificial Leg, 1913, 6421
Name/Title
Artificial Leg
About this object
Ceramic? Artificial with grey painted on shoe. Has grey strong material attached at top for cushioning of leg stump. It bends at knee
Date Made
1913
Medium and Materials
Wood & Bakelite
Subject and Association Description
This artificial leg belonged to the late Mr Charles Manuel (1852-1914), a farmer from Motumaoho, a small settlement just outside of Morrinsville, and Chairman of the Piako County Council. He had his right leg amputated just above the knee in an operation performed by a surgeon on his kitchen table of the farm house in Motumaoho. Measurements were sent to New York and the left was dispatched in December 1913. There is little evidence that he wore the leg often as he died soon after receiving it.
Collection
Manuel
Credit Line
Donated by Brian Manuel
Object Type
Artificial leg
Object number
6421

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