Phrenology Head

£ 55.00

£ 100.00

-£ 45.00

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Phrenology Head - Handmade from porcelain in Old English White distressed effect. Phrenology was a process that involved observing and feeling the skull to determine an individual's psychological attributes. Smither's Phrenology Bust makes a unique home decor ornament for the office desk. 

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Phrenology Head Specifications

Height45 cm
Width22 cm
Depth20 cm
Weight3.8 kg
MaterialsPorcelain
StylesAntique
OrnamentsMoose Head
Special GiftsHousewarming Gifts

Phrenology Head

Franz Joseph Gall believed that the brain was made up of 27 individual organs that determined personality - the first 19 of these organs he believed they also existed in other animal species. Phrenologists would run their fingertips and palms over the skulls of their patients to feel for enlargements and indentations.

Phrenologist would often take measurements with tapes to measure the overall size of the head and more rarely employ a craniometer, a special version of a caliper. In general, instruments made to measure sizes of cranium were used after the main stream phrenology had ended. Phrenologists put emphasis on using drawings of individuals with rare traits, to determine the character of the person and thus many phrenology books show pictures of these subjects.