Science Museum Executed Head

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This Plaster model of an executed Chinese criminal case was made in England c. 1910 and resides at the Science Museum, London.

Description from Science museum site;

‘This model head is reportedly an executed Chinese Yangstze river pirate. It is made of plaster. The long ponytail is real human hair. It is particularly gruesome because it depicts the head in great anatomical detail. Arteries, veins and spinal cord are accurately modelled across the severed neck. The head also has its own bloodstained carrying box. The origins and purpose of the model are uncertain. It was possibly used in an exhibition because it was made in England early in the last century.’

[found on Moshita]

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