TROPHY SKULL # 20
HAND CARVED HUMAN BONE AND SHELL
the indigenous people from the largely Malay population on the Indonesian island:
Borneo. Most Dayaks are riverine people who live in small long house communities.
Children live with their parents until marriage, and boys, who usually seek
brides outside their own village, go to live in their wife's community.
Their subsistence economies rest on the shifting cultivation of
hill rice, supplemented by fishing and hunting.
They number more than two million.
The Dayaks are the native inhabitants of the central region of Borneo.
They have occupied that area for thousands of years and have grown accustomed
to the difficult living conditions deep within rain forests. They are a nomadic
people who travel in set patterns where their hunted prey is located.
THE DAYAK TRIBE, FROM BORNEO ISLAND
INDONESIA, CARVE DESIGNS INTO THE SKULLS
OF THEIR HEADHUNTED VICTIMS AND INSERT WOODEN FIGURES.
THE DAYAK, IFUGAO, AND NAGA HUMAN SKULLS ARE HEAD HUNTING TROPHIES.
"ANCESTOR" SKULLS. THE DIFFERENCE IS; HEAD HUNTED SKULLS
ARE ACQUIRED FROM ENEMY
ANCESTOR SKULLS ARE COLLECTED AND VENERATED TO REMEMBER
DECEASED FAMILY MEMBERS. THE IFUGAO COLLECT BONES OF DEAD
RELATIVES; WRAP THEM IN TRIBAL TEXTILES, AND STORE THEM IN THE
RAFTERS UNDER THEIR HUTS. HUMAN SKULLS AND SKULL CAPS FROM
NEPAL ARE RITUAL OFFERTORY VESSELS THAT ARE USED AS
DRINKING CUPS IN TIBETAN BUDDHIST CEREMONIES.