Decorative tribal object from the Philippines. Human skull made of pottery, mounted on a real pig skull.
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.
- Earthenware skull
- Region/ country
- Ifugao, Philippines
- Bone, Buffalo horn, Feathers, Pottery
- Late 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 37×30×23 cm