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.
- Fu - Headhunting signaling horn
- Indigenous object name
- ex coll. Instituut voor Kulturele Antropologie van de Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- West-Papua (former Irian Jaya)
- Bamboo, Dry pigment
- Sold with stand
- 38×8×7.5 cm