Trophy Skull Decoration


From: Borneo | Sarawak | Baram District

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P831G
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Kelabit
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak | Baram District
Date Made Before 1897
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood

Wooden spike, with strip of rattan peel knotted through hole in top. 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 17 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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