Rare Vili skull

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 Very rare authentic skull from the Vili tribe. It has a Mohawk made of human teeth and a mask with mirrored eyes. Beneath, there is a hole where this piece has previous been attached to a pole.

Nothing tends to leave the Vili tribe as they are quite the reclusive bunch.

research has indicated that mirrors held spiritual significance in West African cultures and those of their descendants. Mirrors are believed to have represented the reflective surface of water, which constituted the world of deceased ancestors and spirits of the dead, they believe that they could peer through from there and see potential enemies, with the surface being reflective they also believed that the living could not then see into the spirit world.

This is not a tourist piece. 

The Vili tribe is a central African group which was established in southwestern Gabon, the republic of Congo, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are a subgroup of the Kongo kingdom which compromises of multiple separate tribes; the Vili, the Yombe, the Beembe, the Beembe and the Woyo, among others. The Yombe tribe being the closest the Vili tribe both ethnically and geographically.

The Vili culture is a matrilineality group which involves the tracing of kinship through the female line and involves the inheritance of property as well as titles.

The Vili tribe managed to maintain relations with Westerners to trade, equal to equal. However, this contact, as well as engagement in the slave trade, upset the societal structure of the Vili when a minority of the tribe became enriched by this.

The population of the Vili tribe dramatically depleted due to epidemics such as smallpox and trypanosomiasis ( an insect born parasite infection caused by the Tsetse fly)

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All the remains I sell are over 100 years old for the law, ethically sourced and respect of the living friends and relatives, I would never sell any remains with a known name as this may upset the living and that is in my opinion disrespectful. If someone is disrespected with no link to a random skull then that is their opinion and in my mind not disrespectful.