Asmat Child’s Human Skull

$2,800.00

A contemporary Asmat’s child’s skull with feather headress, hand-woven band and decorative seeds.

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A contemporary Asmat’s child’s skull with feather headress, hand-woven band and decorative seeds. The Asmat are an Indonesian tribe on the island Papu New Guinea with roots in cannibalisim. The tribe excerised many macabre rituals and practises from using human skulls as pillows to eating human brains mixed with sago worms straight from halved human skulls. Headhunting raids against percieved enemies were an important element of Asmat culture until missionaries suppressed the practice, and heads were also thought necessary for rituals initiating boys into manhood.