Mongolian Head by Dora Gordine

During the 1920s and 1930s, Gordine worked on a series of sculptures that represent the physiognomic characteristics of different races.

Details

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
35 x 18 cm
Acquired in:
1928

The idea that people from other cultures can be studied as depersonalised ‘types’ reflects the racist, colonial attitudes of the time. It can also be linked to the nineteenth century fascination for phrenology, a study of the shape of the human skull to discover character traits and mental disposition. Gordine probably made this head in Paris, drawing on popular ideas about Mongolia rather than direct observation and experience. Description from Tate website.

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