AMMG020
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Collection: AM Curiosities

5.5 x 11.5 x 6.5 in Reg. $69.00 (CAD)
 now: $64.80 (CAD) 


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AMMG020
Phrenology Head in crackled porcelain
Desk and Table Decorative Accent, Victorian Decor Accessory for Home and Office
AM Curiosities Collection


Width 5.5 x Height 11.5 x Depth 6.5 inch
Width 14 x Height 29 x Depth 16.5 cm

  • Museum reproduction, quirky decor - An iconic desk accessory for a Victorian doctor's office
  • Crackled porcelain like Staffordshire original - Hand applied decals, hand draw patterns and lines
  • Easily doubles as enigmatic bookends
  • A highly interesting and challenging gift, valuable home décor
  • Extensive story card included



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    Phrenology, termed the only true science of mind in its day, was a generally accepted pseudo-science of the 19th century. Phrenology was believed to be the next step in the evolution of the four humors. It taught that a person's physiognomy showed moral, intellectual, and social development. It was also used to predict the future, assess a suitor, and evaluate job applications. More than a century later phrenology enjoys a revival of sorts. As the science of body features, it teaches that by observing someone's hands, feet, and face, their mind and soul can be revealed. All aspects of character, from perception to benevolence, were located in certain regions in the brain. An iconic tool of the medical profession, these faculties were rendered on a shaped, porcelain head. Such busts were popular in doctor's offices and Victorian libraries. The Phrenology Head was as much a symbol of 19th century science as a world globe in the workshop of a 16th century cartographer or an armillary in an astronomer's study.
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