Fu - Headhunting signaling horn - Bamboo, Dry pigment - ex coll. Instituut voor Kulturele Antropologie van de Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen - Asmat - West-Papua (former Irian Jaya)

Description
Fu - Headhunting signaling horn - Bamboo, Dry pigment - ex coll. Instituut voor Kulturele Antropologie van de Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen - Asmat - West-Papua (former Irian Jaya)
pre-1960 - Poor

Fu, Headhunting signalling horn, ASMAT, PAPUA, INDONESIA.

When raiding an enemy village, warriors blew the fu, whose loud sound was believed to terrify enemies and render them immobile. When returning to their home village from a successful raid, the warriors again sounded the horns to proclaim their triumph.

Fu were also sounded during initiations.

The file card is included in this auction.

Because of its condition this particular fu cannot be sounded anymore. Aesthetically however, it is still very pleasing to own.

Formerly in the collection of the Nijmegen Ethnographical Museum (a university museum, which opened its doors in 1962). The signalling horn has been de accessioned in 2008.

Lot details
Object
Fu - Headhunting signaling horn
Indigenous object name
ex coll. Instituut voor Kulturele Antropologie van de Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen
Ethnic group/ culture
Asmat
Region/ country
West-Papua (former Irian Jaya)
Material
Bamboo, Dry pigment
Period
pre-1960
Condition
Poor
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
38×8×7.5 cm
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