Trophy Skull Decoration

Model Ear


From: Borneo | Sarawak | Baram District

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P831C
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Kelabit
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak | Baram District
Date Made Before 1897
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood

Large wooden ear, with a decorative openwork scroll and greatly elongated lobe (as stretched by an ear weight). From the decorated skull of "a chief of the Kelabit tribe," which was"draped with strips of palm leaves, possibly to represent hair, and ornamented with wooden ears, ear-pendants, and a long wooden nose. Such ornamentation of skulls is not usual, at least in the Baram District." (The Home-Life of Borneo Head-Hunters) See P831A.

Length 27.5 cm
Width 6 cm
Thickness 0.9 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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