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Highly Realistic Wax Head of a Chinese Man, Mid-20th Century
A highly realistic wax head of a Chinese man, mid-20th century. Sits on a simple, flat wooden base. From the Old San Francisco Chinatown Wax Museum, circa 1960. This museum was designed as a legacy to Chinese culture and Chinese in San Francisco. Thomas W Chinn, founder for the Chinese Cultural Society in the City, was a consultant to the content. The many wax figures were made at the Hong Kong Wax Works. The museum closed in October 1983 when the property was sold for a development. The content of the displays was sold and purchased by many collectors and institutions, including the Smithsonian which purchased the Chinese in the gold fields exhibit. This is in beautiful condition with highly realistic details of the hair, eyes, skin tones and expression.
- Of the PeriodChinese Export
- Place of OriginHong Kong
- Date of Manufacturecirca 1960
- Materials and Techniques
- Condition DetailsThere is old restoration on one ear. Overall the face is in very good condition. It is modeled wax, fine hair, glass eyes. It was hard to describe here by the limited descriptions in the drop down menus.
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 12.5 in. x Dm 9 in.H 31.75 cm x Dm 22.86 cm
- Diameter9 in. (22.86 cm)
- Seller LocationSan Francisco, CA
- Reference Numberf1049418083011900331fs
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