Asmat ancestor skull

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A wonderful Asmat ancestor- skull ”ndambirkus”
Irian Jaya; this example was collected and officially exported from “Hollandia”(the name of Irian Jayas capital,Jayapura while under Dutch protectorate)in 1962, when most dutch families returned back to europe.a copy of the rare export document comes with this piece, that hence spent its days in a box , which explains the excellent preservation of the rottan decoration- band.
The skulls served the family of the deceased as a link to stay in touch with the elder, the skull would serve as a headrest and would be work on important events around the neck( hence its wonderful honey- patina from wear and use over decades!)

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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.