Lot: 15

87e vente aux enchères Tribal Art

Crâne surmodelé "kus"

Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, Asmat

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H: 20 cm Cet objet n’est plus disponible.

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.

Konrad, Gunter & Ursula, u.a., Asmat, Glashütten 1981, p. 104