Head cast of Phineas Gage made during his life, 1850

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Head cast of Phineas Gage made during his life, 1850

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Cast made of the head of Phineas Gage during his examination at Harvard Medical School in 1850


Gage, Phineas
casting (process)
Frontal Lobe
Brain Injuries
Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890


Plaster head cast of a man with significant head trauma. Cast is attached to plaster pedestal base and the entire work is painted white.


The plaster head cast made of Phineas Gage by Henry Jacob Bigelow at Harvard Medical School in 1850 to substantiate the specifics of Gage's neurotrauma.


Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890


Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890

Date Created

January 1850


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1 head cast


casts (sculpture)


physical object


WAM 00950


Phineas Gage sustained his traumatic brain injury on September 13, 1848 in Cavendish, Vermont. In January 1850 Professor of Surgery Henry Jacob Bigelow brought Gage to Boston and Harvard Medical School for examination and took this cast of the his head. Bigelow published his examination of Gage and the casting of his head in the July 1850 American Journal of the Medical Sciences. According to Bigelow, the head cast was on display adjacent to Gage's tamping iron in the Warren Anatomical Museum in July 1850. The cast was officially donated by Bigelow to the Museum in 1856.


Gage Life Mask_WAM0950.jpg


Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890, “Head cast of Phineas Gage made during his life, 1850,” OnView, accessed June 17, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/18191.