Phrenology head

Object Number: 
2002.1.348
Date: 
1880-1910
Medium: 
Ceramic
Dimensions: 
irregular: 12 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5 /1/2
Description: 
This ceramic head was designed for the phrenology, or skull study fad that swept the nation before 1900. It has black lines that section and divide the skull and face with indications as to the actions, emotions and abilities purported to be centered in that area. It is marked "Phrenology/ By L.N. Fowler" and on the back is an explanation of the study of "Crania and living heads..."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group