Plaster model of the head of an executed Chinese criminal with case, made in England, c. 1910-1922

Made:
1910-1922 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Painted plaster model of the head of an executed Chinese criminal, cased, English, 1910-1922

This model head is reportedly an executed Chinese Yangstze river pirate. It is made of plaster. The long ponytail is real human hair. It is particularly gruesome because it depicts the head in great anatomical detail. Arteries, veins and spinal cord are accurately modelled across the severed neck. The head also has its own bloodstained carrying box.

The origins and purpose of the model are uncertain. It was possibly used in an exhibition because it was made in England early in the last century.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
A22042
Materials:
case, wood and plaster
Measurements:
ponytail only: 1420 mm
type:
anatomical figure
taxonomy:
  • human remains
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical demonstration equipment
credit:
Knight, Frank & Rutley