This illustration shows the tiny scenes created by the anatomist Frederick Ruysch (1638 - 1731) which were included in his cabinet of curiosities. Ruysch's museum displayed body parts and preserved organs alongside exotic birds, butterflies and plants. His daughter prepared delicate cuffs or collars to be slipped on to dead arms and necks. Small skeletons were positioned crying into handkerchiefs, wearing strings of pearls, or playing the violin. The scenes were intended to work like plays.