The Asmat are a cannibalistic people that reside in the Papua province of New Guinea. They are well known for their Ancestor Skulls, also called "Ndambirkus." These skulls came from their deceased ancestors, and were decorated as a way to venerate them and show respect. Once de-fleshed, the eye sockets and nasal passages were filled with tree sap and bees wax, then adorned with abrus seeds. This was to prevent evil spirits from entering the skull. They are often decorated with sea shells, woven fibers, seeds, feathers, wood, and bone. 

 

This gorgeous Asmat ancestor skull is in excellent condition, and would make an impressive display piece in any collection.

 

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Asmat Ancestor Skull "Ndambirkus," New Guinea

SKU: AS15
$1,925.00Price