Head, Miniature

A miniature head. The painted plaster head features a profile of a chubby, balding, moustachioed man in a melancholy mood. It is fitted with tufts of hair.
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Exotica from foreign climes were keenly sought for the opening of New Plymouth Museum in 1902. This miniature head was part of a 'large and beautiful collection of Burmese, Japanese and South Sea Island curios and specimens of art ' donated by Adolphus Kyngdon. For more information on the history of museums in New Plymouth see the section Oddments: Exotic Collecting in New Plymouth in the book Flashback: Tales and Treasures of Taranaki pp.252-255. http://www.pukeariki.com/Heritage/Flashback.aspx 
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