Earthenware skull - Bone - Philippines

Earthenware skull - Bone - Philippines
Late 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Decorative object from the Philippines.
Height: approx. 24 cm.
Weight: approx. 950 grams.
Period: last quarter of the 20th century.

The Ifugao are known for their past as headhunters. The two main reasons for the Ifugao for head hunting were: honour, revenge and prestige. After a murder or another serious crime, the victim's family organised a punitive expedition. The offender or anyone in his immediate environment was tracked down, killed and beheaded, for the honour of the family. Such a punitive expedition of course usually provoked a counter action and these feuds could persist that way for generations.
Besides revenge attacks people also organized attacks where a successful outcome increased the prestige of the participating men. It also happened that in a family bereavement, such as the death of a mother during birth, one felt compelled to take the head of a stranger, so that the soul of the deceased would find rest in the hereafter.
The practices of headhunting belongs to the past for a century. To preserve the traditions, the use is made of natural replicas of baked clay. This is a similar specimen.

Lot details
Earthenware skull
Region/ country
Late 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
23×20×16 cm
1210 g
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