Chief Black Hawk (1768-1838)
Painted and overpainted plaster
Overall: 12 1/4 x 7 x 8 1/2 in. ( 31.1 x 17.8 x 21.6 cm )
inscriptions: paper tape: "BLACK HAWK-INDIAN CHIEF OF THE "SAC + FOX" TRIBE BORN -1768-died October -3-1838 IMMENSE PERCEPTIVE. LARGE LOCALITY AND EVENTUALITY" small label: on inside: "Black Hawk head 16-83"
This cast was part of the Phrenological Museum of Fowler & Wells, which opened in New York City in 1842. Brothers Orson Squire Fowler (1809-1887) and Lorenzo Niles Fowler (1811-1896) and their business associate Samuel Roberts Wells (1820-1875) were noted phrenologists who read heads to understand the subject's "temperament." Their Phrenological Cabinet displaying casts, skulls, and charts became a popular fixture in the city.
Purchase, General Fund
The Fowler Mask Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.