SEVERED: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found


SEVERED: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found

FRANCES LARSON    Book Number: 81576    Product format: Hardback

Shrunken heads, trophy heads, framed heads, frozen heads, heads as prizes, as art, as objects of instruction, as symbols of triumph over enemies, this most unusual book investigates the ways in which the head represents our most savage but also our most human characteristics. From the Western colonialists whose demand for shrunken heads spurred brutal massacres, to the troops of WWII who sent remains of Japanese soldiers home to their girlfriends, from the memento mori in Romantic portraits to Damien Hirst's 'With Dead Head', from grave-robbing phrenologists to enterprising cryonicists, the book explores the bizarre and often gruesome and confounding history of the severed head. Larson examines the perennial question of just how long one retains consciousness following a successful decapitation and relates chilling tales of 'experiments' conducted by scientists and executioners alike. Grisly yet fascinating history. 317pp, illus. US first edition 2014.
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ISBN 9780871404541
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