Wax copy of a phrenological head, Europe, 1839

Made:
1839 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Wax copy of a phrenological head, with areas marked off and labelled, on wooden stand with glass cover

This human skull is marked into sections and was probably used for phrenological consultations. Phrenologists believed the shape and size of areas of the brain (and therefore the overlying skull) determined personality. Phrenological heads were used as reference guides during consultations. Phrenology was popular with large numbers of people in the 1800s. However, it became controversial within the medical profession and was dismissed as unfounded.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
A21022
Materials:
cover, glass, head, wax and stand, wood
type:
phrenological head
credit:
Foster's