Trophy head, Asmat, Irian Jaya / Papua New Guinea.
This is a fine Asmat trophy head / replacement skull made of ironwood, used for headhunting related ceremonies after headhunting was declared illegal.
In good condition showing obvious wear and use.
Height: 15 cm - 5.9 inch.
Provenance: Collected in 1951 by the previous owner, who lived in Merauke for 7 years and worked for "de Bouw Maatschappij".