This black painted plaster microcephalic head shows us a cask of a female who suffered from microcephaly which is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that restricts brain development. It leads to smaller head size than usual and is also called pinhead. This depicts the natural view of the head.
A similar model, made between 1800-1820, is to be found at the collection of the Science Museum in London . The cast of the young woman’s head called Victoire came from the collection of the British Phrenological Society. Phrenology, the controversial study of cranial shape as an indicator of mental faculties and character, was dismissed by many as a pseudo-science.
Height: 20 cm.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.