In the late 1950s Paolozzi made a handful of works whose titles indicated some kind of damage. There was 'Wounded Animal', 'Damaged Warrior' and this work 'Shattered Head'. These works were made up from sheets of wax and often had holes or parts missing. At this time Paolozzi was living in London and decided that he wanted to try casting his own small bronzes, of which this is an example. He set up a small foundry in the Hampstead back garden of a friend and cast a few works, using the lost wax method. The bronze master of this was cast in the garden foundry, but an edition of nine was cast by professional founders.