Life-cast bust of Ota Benga a Bachichi man from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair

Caspar Mayer, American (born Germany), 1871 - 1931



Plaster cast made from a life mask

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of the American Museum of Natural History



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Incised, lower front: artist's Initials, CM; cast word, on front of base: "PYGMY"

Course History

COLT 73, 101, Spectacle and Exhibitionism, Michelle Warren, Winter 2012

SOCY 7.2, Race and Ethnicity, Emily Walton, Spring 2014

SOCY 7.1, Race and Ethnicity, Emily Walton, Winter 2015

WRIT 5, On Poor Taste, William Boyer, Winter 2015

ENGL 62.22/AAAS 88.11, Atlantic Slavery to Atlantic Freedom, Alysia Garrison, Winter 2021

Art History 63.02, Why Are Museums...?, Mary Coffey, Winter 2023

Exhibition History

Fred Wilson, So Much Trouble in the World - Believe It or Not!, William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 4-December 11, 2005.

Publication History

Barbara Thompson, Fred Wilson, So Much Trouble in the World - Believe It or Not!, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2005.

K. Anthony Appiah, Fred Wilson: A Conversation with K. Anthony Appiah, Pace Wildentsein Exhibition (March11-April 16, 2006) Catalogue, Rhode Island: Meridian Printing, 2006, 41 pp., color ill. p. 22.

Silvia Spitta, Misplaced Objects, Migrating Collections and Recollections in Europe and the Americas, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009, ill. p. 74, fig. 3.8.


Life cast taken at 1904 World's Fair, The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Missouri, 1904; collection of The American Museum of Natural History, New York, 1904-1936; given to present collection, 1936.

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