Trophy Skull Decoration

Model Ear Pendant


From: Borneo | Sarawak | Baram District

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P831E
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Kelabit
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak | Baram District
Date Made Before 1897
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood

Large plumb shaped wooden ear pendant, with pattern of alternating large and small triangles carved around widest part. One side of tip broken off. Top (with hole for suspension) intact. 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)

Length 21 cm
Width 5.5 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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