Palmistry Hand

Museum Number: 855
Object Name: Palmistry hand
Physical Description: White china hand marked with black lines and writing, for use as a palmistry guide.

Palmistry Hand

QUESTIONS

  • Is it possible to tell someone’s character from how they look (for example from the lines and shape of their hands or their facial features)?
  • In what ways do we judge people from appearances and what assumptions do we make?
  • How do you feel about this object? What would you say to the person who made or used it?
  • When do you think people in the past might have chosen to consult a palmist?

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