Earthenware phrenological bust, also designed as a penholder, with areas marked off in underglaze black, by F. Bridges, England
Designed as a penholder, this phrenological head has the ‘organs’ of the brain marked out in black. Phrenologists believed that different parts, or ‘organs’, of the brain had different qualities. They further believed that an individual’s personality could be ‘read’ from the lumps and bumps in the skull. From this head, the area at the front of the forehead represents intellectual properties. It was made by Frederick Bridges, a phrenologist based in Liverpool, England from 1829 to 1850.
- Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
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- phrenological head
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