Phrenological head, United Kingdom, 1901-1970

Made:
1901-1970 in United Kingdom
Phrenological bust, glazed earthenware, British, 1901-1970.
      Phrenologists believed that the shape and size of various Phrenological bust, glazed earthenware, British, 1901-1970. Profile view.
      Phrenologists believed that the shape and Phrenological bust, glazed earthenware, British, 1901-1970. Profile view left side of the head. Grey background Phrenological bust, glazed earthenware, British, 1901-1970. Profile view left side of the head. Grey background Phrenological bust, glazed earthenware, British, 1901-1970. Detail view, back, right side. Grey background

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Phrenological bust, glazed earthenware, British, 1901-1970. Phrenologists believed that the shape and size of various
Science Museum Group Collection
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Phrenological bust, glazed earthenware, British, 1901-1970. Profile view. Phrenologists believed that the shape and
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Phrenological bust, glazed earthenware, British, 1901-1970. Profile view left side of the head. Grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Phrenological bust, glazed earthenware, British, 1901-1970. Profile view left side of the head. Grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Phrenological bust, glazed earthenware, British, 1901-1970. Detail view, back, right side. Grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Phrenological bust, 'A Study of Mind', of glazed earthenware, unsigned, British, 1901-1970 (see note).

Phrenologists believed that the shape and size of various areas of the brain (and therefore the overlying skull) determined personality. Phrenological heads were used as reference guides for people carrying out consultations. 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. However, phrenology was still studied in the United Kingdom until 1967, when the British Phrenological Society finally closed.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1979-592/2
Measurements:
overall: 460 mm x 155 mm x 155 mm, 3.995kg
type:
phrenological head
credit:
Wallace Antiques Ltd.