Porcelain Phrenological Head, British, 1801-1900

Made:
1801-1900 in United Kingdom

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Porcelain phrenological bust, tinted skin colour, divisions labels and numbers marked in gilt, possible Derby, unsigned, British, 1801-1900.

The skull of this porcelain phrenological head has been marked off into sections and was used for phrenological consultations. Phrenologists believed that the shape and size of various areas of the brain (and therefore the overlying skull) determined personality. Although phrenology became popular with large numbers of people in the 1800s, it soon became controversial within medical circles, and was eventually dismissed by the medical profession as quackery.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A642806
Measurements:
overall: 320 mm x 140 mm x 170 mm, 2.045kg
type:
phrenological head