Dummy Head


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P811
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Murut
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood | Paint

Wooden human head, smaller than life-sized, with flat bottom, protruding triangular nose, Painted white. Eyes and mouth outlined in black; nose,"moustache," ears, and circles around eyes are painted red. On back, a symmetrical design, in red, of paired loops and sprials on either side of a vertical center line. Metal plate in forehead. Hole drilled through top and at sides for ears. White skin and moustache suggest that this may be intended to portray a European. One of "3 wooden heads painted in red, black & white used by the Muruts in their ceremonial feasts & dances." (Furness's Collection list nos. 52, 53, 54) Exhibited at the Wistar Institute in May, 1897.

Height 18 cm
Width 16 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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