Lot: 1587th Tribal Art Auction
Replacement skull "kus"
Papua New Guinea, Asmat
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|H: 7.9 inch||This object is not available anymore.|
wood, matt patina, dominated by a big mouth with blackened teeth, min. dam., cracks, slight traces of abrasion, base. When a trophy skull was lost or destroyed, a wooden head called "kus" was carved to replace it. In later years after head-hunting was banned by the authorities, wooden heads were used at initiation ceremonies in place of real and "freshly hunted" ones.