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🌴Solomon Island Chief Skull🌴 The Solomon Islanders venerated important people in society by keeping their skulls inside of skull huts, Kosa baskets and stone spirit grottos. The heads of important village chiefs were wrapped in seashell ring currencies as to have wealth in the afterlife. This skull is an exemplary early 19th century example of a village chief skull. Exhibiting heavy signs of exposure to the elements and bone erosion, while still maintaining its original shell ring currency and rattan wrappings. . . . Provenance: Ex Klaus Böttger Germany: Ex Els Verhey/Loed Van Bussel Amsterdam. . . #solomonislands #solomonislandskull #humanskull #skullhut #oceanicart #oceania #tribalart #dayakskull #loedvanbussel #ancestorskull #tribalskull #gallery #artgallery #africanart #ethnographicart #karlincollection #sfx #travel #photography #picoftheday #cannibal #shrunkenhead #taxidermy #homedecor #homedesign #yolo

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2019-07-02 23:44:09

🌴The Ancestor Spirit🌴 . . . .Provenance: Collected by Tobias Schneebaum: Important private collection New York . . . #asmat #ancestorskull #humanskull #skull #oddity #oddities #wunderkammer #skullcollecting #asmatskull #tribalart #oceanicart #skullart #ndambirkus #karlincollection #taxidermy #photography #tattooart #darkphotography #shrunkenheads

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2019-05-15 11:27:40

🌴Malakula🌴 The ancestor spirit lives. The skull is the temple in which he resides. His ever watchful eye, ready to bless and ready to curse. Ready for war and ready for peace. His face is frozen in time, eternal and powerful. Whoa to you who cross the vengeful eye of the ancestor, and blessings to you who are in his favor. The ancestor spirit lives. . . . . . . #ancestorskull #poetry #southpacificart #oceanicart #oceania #tribalart #cabinetofcuriosities #vanuatu #malakula #headhunting #overmodelledskull #sculpting #clayart #primitiveart #asmatskull #elongatedskull #sfx #tattoo #photography #picoftheday #shrunkenhead #skullcollecting #naturalhistory #karlincollection

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2019-05-12 14:25:41

🌴💀Asmat ancestor💀🌴 This has very quickly become one of my absolute favorite skulls. I felt an immediate close bond to him as soon as he arrived! He’s literally perfect. Extremely old Asmat Ndambirkus pillow skull. Collected by Dutch soldier Willem Keijzer from western Asmat in 1955 making this 19th century example. . . . . #ancestorskull #asmat #asmatancestor #humanskull #skull #asmatskull #ndambirkus #naturalhistory #papuanewguinea #cabinetofcuriosities #skullcollecting #heavymetal #sfx #tattoo #taxidermy #oceanicart #oceania #primitiveart #karlincollection

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2019-05-09 13:49:02

🌴💀Ndambirkus💀🌴 A most exquisite example of an Asmat ancestor skull. The Asmat would take the skulls of their important ancestors and decorate them. They were the most prized possession of any Asmat. They slept on them at night as they believed that the spirit of the ancestor would come back and cause trouble at night. The ancestor spirits were afraid of their skulls and would run away when they saw them. This example exhibits the most perfect shiny ivory patina from so many years of being touched and slept on. It’s also very old and used, the bottom has extremely worn down surfaces from being slept on and rubbing on the floor. This skull was collected in West Asmat in 1955. Provenance: Ex Michel Thieme; Ex Van Der Heiden; Ex Martin Doustar. . . . . . . #asmat #asmatskull #ndambirkus #cannibal #heavymetal #naturalhistory #papuanewguinea #png #cabinetofcuriosities #tribalart #patina #sfx #photography #picoftheday #tattoo #oceanicart #oceanic #africanart #skull #humanskull #darkart #goth #shrunkenhead #vultureculture #oddity #wunderkammer #karlincollection

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2019-05-05 23:20:34

🌴💀Uere knife💀🌴 The Asmat uere knife was a sharpened bamboo beheading knife. It was used for removing the head from a victim of headhunting raid. The Asmat had no access to steel at this time and so they relied on bamboo. The serrated part was for cutting through the neck and spine. It was also used for removing the flesh from the head. The long end was for scraping loose the brains out of the skull, for later consumption. The uere knife has notches for the amount of heads it had cut. This knife contains 13 notches for the thirteen or more heads it has removed. Old blood staining can also still be seen on the inside of the knife! Provenance: Ex Bruce Frank; Ex Paul Harris collection. . . . . . . #asmat #asmatskull #ndambirkus #ndaokus #tribalart #oceanic #oceania #melanesia #oceanicart #knife #headhunting #papuanewguinea #skullcollecting #heavymetal #shrunkenhead #taxidermy #sfx #darkart #png #karlincollection #tribalskull #tattoo #skulltattoo

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2019-05-02 17:56:53

🌴Bag ‘O’ Heads🌴 A marvelous photo of some freshly taken Iban Dayak head trophies staged in front of the head carrying baskets. . . . . #iban #dayak #headhunting #oldphoto #tribal #tribalart #borneo #mandau #dayakskull #ibanskull #oceanicart #oceania #taxidermy #shrunkenhead #heavymetal #papuanewguinea #karlincollection #naturalhistory #skullcollecting

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2019-05-05 15:58:27

🌴💀Ndaokus Victim Skull💀🌴 The Asmat tribe of New Guinea, fierce cannibalistic headhunters. Ancestor worship was channeled though the Ndambirkus ancestor skulls....but...then there was the Ndaokus. The Ndaokus or “enemy head”, was the skull that was taken from a slain and consumed enemy. When a head was taken, it was prepared by the men. First the nose skin was removed. While cutting and carving they would comment on the victim’s past actions; for ex- ample, while taking the skin off the mouth one would say: “Yesterday this mouth ate fish on the bank of the river; today it is dead.” Next an incision was made at the bridge of the nose using a sharpened bamboo knife or a shell. The cut went up and over the crest of the cranium down the middle of the head so that the skin could be peeled down towards the ears. Next the jaw was removed. It was given to the women or to the children to play with. The women would attach a stick to it and make a necklace of it. Once the flesh and scalp was removed, the head was smoked over a fire. The head was taken and a pointed yi yuruh ritual stone was used to puncture a round hole in the right temple. First the liquid brain goo would drain out and be caught with a sago palm leaf. Then the brains were shaken and scraped out into the palm using the long end of a bamboo knife. The brains were mixed with sago and skewered on sticks. After cooking over a fire, the important village elders would consume the brains while the rest of the tribe would consume the body. The Ndaokus was tied to a bundle of trophy skulls and hung in the men’s house. Note the cut marks on the back of the skull going up and over the cranium from the incision while scalping. Very few ndaokus skulls are known to exist outside of museums. Provenance: Ex Kirby Lewis, Ex Paul Harris collection. . . . . . . #ndaokus #skullcollecting #papuanewguinea #tattooart #asmat #asmatskull #rareskull #oddity #oceanicart #tribalart #tribalskull #sfx #shrunkenhead #travel #michaelrockefeller #ndambirkus #heavymetal #photography #humanskull #taxidermy #naturalhistory #karlincollection

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2019-03-04 09:19:47

💀🌴Crânes Océaniques🌴💀 Ancestor skulls from all over the South Pacific islands! New Hebrides, Solomon Islands, Admiralty islands. . . . . . . #asmat #skulls #skull #tribalskull #goth #darkart #tribalart #taxidermy #shrunkenhead #bones #sfx #photography #tattoo #photo #travel #southpacific #ancestorskull #dayakskull #oddity #wunderkammer #ndambirkus #cabinetofcuriosities #humanskull #vultureculture #death #deathart #flashart #karlincollection

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2019-02-08 15:37:09

🌴💀Ndambirkus💀🌴 The Asmat of Papua New Guinea had a strong connection and channeling to the spirit of the ancestors. The Ndambirkus was the skull of an important ancestor that was kept by the man of the bloodline. After the body of the deceased had been placed to decompose, the head would fall from the body. At that time it would be collected. The skull was washed clean and decorated traditionally. A resin of beeswax and tree sap was placed in the eyes and nasal cavity, this was to keep out any evil spirits from entering. Abrus seeds and Job’s tears were pressed into the wax in decorative form. Some rare examples (such as this one) broken seashells were also used. The jaw was tightly lashed onto the skull using bound rattan. It was then decorated with a headdress of king cockatoo feathers, cassowary feathers and Job’s tears. During the day they were used as pillows for napping. The Asmat believed that while they slept, that their soul was capable of getting up and wandering off. Sleeping on the skull kept their spirit close. They also believed at night time, that the spirits of the ancestors would come back from Safon (the land beyond the sea, Asmat afterlife) and wreak havoc. The belief was that the ghost would see its own skull and be scared away. The sacred Ndambirkus skulls were for protection, wisdom and knowledge. Authentic Ndambirkus skulls are exceptionally rare to find outside of large museums. A dream came true for me with this skull, in which I was deeply blessed by a friend to take over the curation and be the new caretaker of this ancestor skull. This skull is a very special skull with extremely strong provenance and story. It is a female skull, the skull of a very important and honored woman. Provenance: Ex Tobias Schneebaum Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. Ex important private collection New York. . #karlincollection #tobiasschneebaum #asmat #asmatskull #ndambirkus #oceania #humanskull #death #tribalart #ancestorskull #taxidermy #sfx #tattoo #photography #travel #macabre #goth #picoftheday #oceanicart

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2019-05-27 10:52:56

🌴Overmodeled Skulls🌴 Two different types of overmodeled skulls of Melanesia. The left being from the Latmul tribe of the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea, where they used a very dense heavy red clay. To the right we have an elongated ancestor skull from the Malakula tribe of New Hebrides or now known as Vanuatu. The modeling material on this skull differs substantially. The Malakula used yiba paste, a lightweight paste made from shredded plant fibers. These are two beautiful examples of completely different styles of skull overmodelling. In the last picture you can see the difference in length from the elongated Malakula skull, in comparison to the normal sized Latmul skull. . . . . #iatmulskull #latmul #trophyskull #headhunter #asmat #newguinea #tribalart #oceanicart #oceania #worldtraveler #skull #humanskull #vanuatuskull #overmodeledskull #ancestorskull #grassimuseum #grassimuseumleipzig #museumpiece #martius #shrunkenhead #tattoo #karlincollection #dayakskull #ibanskull #primitiveart

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2018-12-20 11:55:53

🌴💀Asmat Trophy Jaw💀🌴 This is an early collected Asmat headhunting trophy. The jaw of a headhunted warrior. Interesting thing about this piece, in the early days of missionary presence the Asmat traded and gifted items to them. In many cases the Asmat would take an old item that was dirty and ragged, and redo the piece before they gave it as a gift. The jungle fiber strings on this item are so clean! They didn’t see it the same way westerners do, we like to have an old dirty used item, but the Asmat didn’t understand this. So the jaw on this necklace is much older than the materials. Incredibly well preserved, this piece was collected by Gerard Zegwaard in the early days and came from a very large prolific European collection of Asmat artifacts. A true treasure. . . . . . #tribalskull #oceanicskull #oceanicart #borneo #bidayuh #dayak #ifugaoskull #changit #asmatjawnecklace #asmat #sepik #iatmulskull #asmatskull #ndambirkus #trophyskull #antiquities #ibanskull #coppens #billyjamieson #carvedskull #tattoo #primitiveart #primitifart #karlingallery #karlincollection

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2018-12-17 21:27:24

💀Jimpul Mandau💀 The Jimpul, a type of mandau used in western Borneo. This Jimpul is from the Iban Dayaks and was the tool for taking heads on headhunting raids! It’s hilt is beautifully carved in low relief out of antler. It has two Chinese trade beads deeply inlaid. This Jimpul has a lock of hair from an important warriors head that this blade took in battle. In the blade is the typical Dayak holy swirling ferns and leaves in botanical fashion. A 19th century early piece, still retaining its original fiber binding on the handle. A fantastic piece of Borneo headhunting history! . . . . #jimpul #dayak #mandau #dayaksword #headhunting #borneo #kalimantan #iban #trophyhead #dayakskull #oceania #tribal #tribalart #oceanicart #ibanskull #asmatskull #skullcollector #worldtravel #photography #tattoo #tattooart #karlincollection

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2018-12-10 10:10:19

💀Solomons💀 A fantastic early postcard I found of some natives with ancestor skulls and skull huts. Marau sound region in the eastern end of Guadalcanal province in the Solomon Islands. . . . . #solomonislands #headhunters #cannibal #travelphotography #melanesia #melanesianskull #shrunkenhead #michaelrockefeller #tribalart #oceania #oceanicart #ancestorskull #skullhut #solomonislandskull #solomonislandskullhut #tattoo #tattoos #tribalartifact #karlincollection #ethnographicart #primitiveart #humanskull #skull

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2018-12-06 11:41:19

✨Tobias Schneebaum✨ Tobias Schneebaum born March 25th 1922 was a New York artist bored with the art scene. He craved more from life and he went out and found it. He found it in Papua New Guinea with the Asmat tribe. He traveled there and spent years living with them learning and experiencing first hand the Asmat customs and rituals. Tobias was adopted by an Asmat family and underwent the rituals to become an Asmat. He went on to become the curator for the Michael J Rockefeller Asmat collection at the Metropolitan museum of art. Tobias was an amazing and kind hearted man that had a true and genuine love for the Asmat people. His passion led him on to publish many books on the matter. My favorite being “Where the spirits dwell”. Tobias was the world leading authority on Asmat ethnography and anthropology. But beyond that even more so, he had a deep spiritual connection with the Asmat as well. They became his people. Tobias passed September 20 2005 in Great Neck NY. He collected a great deal of important Asmat artifacts that can still be seen today. His legacy of love for the Asmat people will not be forgotten. I have personally learned a great deal about the Asmat from the works of Tobias. May his legacy and soul live on where the spirits dwell.... . . . . #schneebaum #tobias #asmat #asmatskull #ancestorskull #ndambirkus #ndaokus #worldtravel #photography #met #met #michaelrockefeller #wherethespiritsdwell #safon #png #papua #oceanicart #tribalart #tatoo #primitiveart #karlincollection

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2018-12-04 00:12:21

💀Farewell friends💀 As the year comes close to its end, I look back. Many new amazing tribal pieces have joined the Karlin collection, but I’ve had to say goodbye to a few very special pieces that meant a lot to me, It was very emotional. A stunning Asmat Ndambirkus ancestor skull, a Solomon island skull hut that came from the personal collection of Billy Jamieson as well as a gorgeous carved Kayan Dayak skullcap from Bills cabinet of wonder. All items are in loving new homes where they will be respected, loved and cared for. But it’s still hard to say goodbye and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t shed some tears upon departure. All of these items, we are but their temporary protectors. We never really own them. They will outlive all of us. So enjoy the special time with them that you have as their temporary caretakers. The Solomon island hut was especially hard to part with as that was my first authentic tribal piece and kickstarted my obsession. Though now I understand what Billy Jamieson meant when he said “I’d like to keep them all, but unfortunately I’ve got to sell to keep collecting!”. There is much bittersweet truth in that statement! Though many amazing pieces were birthed to my collection through these actions. Thanks to everyone who’s been along and supported and supplied along the ride! I hope you have all enjoyed watching the tribal treasures as they have come, and stay tuned for there are more great things coming! . . . . . #collector #skullcollection #skullcollector #tribalskull #tribalart #billyjamiesoncollection #billyjamieson #dayak #dayakskull #solomonislands #solomonislandskullhut #asmat #asmatskull #melanesianskull #oceania #worldtravel #photography #ancestorskull #francoiscoppens #shrunkenhead #karlincollection #tatoo

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2018-12-02 19:26:41

💀Ifugao Trophy💀 A perfect Ifugao head trophy from the 19th century. Great ancient crusty patine and attached with the weapons used for killing. The rack would have hung on the wall or over the doorway. . . . . #ifugao #phillipines #kalinga #headhunting #ifugaoskull #skullrack #tribalskull #artifact #bontoc #asmatskull #dayakskull #skull #skullcollector #worldtravel #photography #travel #shrunkenhead #oddity #cabinetofcuriosities #taxidermy #karlincollection

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2018-11-29 20:16:03

💀Headhunter💀 “An ancient Dayak tribesman of Sarawak holds a spear and shield, as he stands beneath the relics of an earlier headhunting age. His tribe has lived for centuries in communal dwellings called longhouses. These structures are built on stilts and have a single main corridor which acts as a street, meeting hall and front porch for the entire village.” Photo filed in 1969. . . . . #dayak #skulls #headhunter #borneo #sarawak #worldtravel #tribalart #shrunkenhead #tribalskull #ngayau #asmatskull #ancestorskull #oceania #karlincollection

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2018-11-29 01:35:22

🌴Cuscus teeth necklace🌴 This is a cuscus teeth necklace from the highlands of Papua New Guinea. These necklaces would be worn to show the prowess and wealth of a warrior. They were also used in trading and to purchase wives. This was collected by a friend while on one of his many trips to New Guinea. It was purchased right off the chest of an old tribesman. This is a nice sized necklace strung in twisted jungle fibers. This was gifted to me from my friend @forgottentimesskulls thank you much Ari! . . . . #asmat #papuanhighlands #cuscus #teeth #dogsteethnecklace #headhunter #cannibal #oceania #oceanicart #melanesia #ancestorskull #trophyskull #tribalskull #asmatskull #tribal #tattoo #worldtravel #karlincollection

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2018-11-20 10:41:04

🌴💀💀💀🌴 Old photograph of very rare Formosa headhunted trophy skulls. The Formosa were the aboriginal headhunters of Taiwan. . . . . #trophy #headhunting #photography #photo #oldphoto #vintagephotography #antiquephoto #dayakskull #shrunkenhead #travelphotography #tribalskull #asmatskull #oceanicart #melanesia #karlincollection

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2018-11-11 20:14:54

🌴Dayak Bidayuh🌴 Trophy skull taken by the Bidayuh land Dayaks of western Borneo. A very old skull said to be 300 years old or older. Collected from Kampung Benuk longhouse in the Panggah (skull house). The skulls kept in the that skull house are said to be heads taken by famous Bidayuh headhunter Mangbarek. The rarest and most scarce Dayak skulls to be owned in private collection. A true gem and top favorite piece! . . . . . #vanuatu #ancestorskull #melanesia #tribalart #asmat #papuanewguinea #melanesianskull #asmatskull #headhunters #canibal #photography #oceania #oceanicart #primitiveart #primitifart #cabinetofcuriosities #tattoo #shrunkenhead #tribalskull #humanskull #ibanskull #skullcollection #skullcollector #karlincollection #dayak #dayakskull #bidayuh #dayakbidayuh #bidayuhskull #trophyskull

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2018-11-28 08:58:09

💀Kayan Dayak carved skull💀 The Kayan Dayak of Borneo were well known for the beautiful carving of their trophy skulls taken in headhunting raids (Ngayau). One of the many reasons for taking a head or a “Antu Pala” (Head skull) was to gain the warriors mana and absorb their strength. They also did so in mourning of the tribes dead. These skulls were the most prized possessions of the Dayak. The head would be taken, and when it was still fresh, would be de-fleshed and then carved with the holy Dayak symbols. A wonderful display of soft curvilinear floral designs with a strong focal confluence in the peak center of the skull. What makes this skull so very special is that it was originally a Kayan skull, but was given as a gift to the neighboring Iban tribe. Possibly through a wedding dowry of the marriage between a Kayan and an Iban. So we see two different traditions of skull styling. First the Kayan would have carved it, and then years later when it was given to the Iban, they would have wrapped it in the traditional Iban style rattan basket that it is now in. This skull has an absolutely brilliant patina displaying many layers of color. At areas towards the base surface we see the white amber of the skull, then orange, purple from decades of smoking over fire, and then finally a nice black soot finish. A truly remarkable and rare example. This skull comes from the last quarter of the 19th century. It was collected by Francois Coppens at the border of Sarawak and Kalimantan in the 80’s. It was purchased from Francois Coppens at Bruneaf tribal art fair in Belgium by Billy Jamieson in 2009, along with two other spectacular Dayak pieces (both which were in my collection but one has recently gone to a new home.) These intricately carved complete skulls are very difficult to find and I’m very honored to have this skull join the collection. . . . . #dayakskull #dayak #kayandayak #kayan #dayakcarvedskull #humanskull #tribalskull #ancestorskull #skullcollection #skullcollector #tribalart #primitiveart #shrunkenhead #asmatskull #tattoo #tattooart #taxidermy #vanuatuskull #medicalskull #melanesia #oceanicart #oceania #karlincollection

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2018-10-25 22:37:53

💀Solomon Islands Ancestor💀 The important ancestor skulls that were kept in the sacred and worshipped skull houses were very powerful items. They were used to bring good luck, bring success in headhunting raids, and also to place curses. The Solomon Islanders were very neat and picked up any loose hair, finger nails and even gathered up all of their feces. If a piece of the human body was collected by an enemy, they would take it to one of their powerful ancestor skull shrines and ask them to place a curse on the person who’s hair, feces or finger nail was taken. The people believed that nobody just died without foul play. Whether a curse, or war, there was a reason for a death. The ancestor skull shrines were the most sacred and powerful items to the people of the Solomon Islands. . . Provenance-Ex Kevin Conru Belgium. . . #solomonislands #headhunters #cannibal #travelphotography #melanesia #melanesianskull #shrunkenhead #michaelrockefeller #tribalart #oceania #oceanicart #ancestorskull #skullhut #solomonislandskull #solomonislandskullhut #tattoo #tattoos #tribalartifact #karlincollection #ethnographicart #primitiveart #humanskull #skull

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2018-10-24 23:32:58

🌴Marind Anim Drum🌴 The Marind Anim of the southwest coast of New Guinea, were without question the most violent headhunters of all. The Marind had a very deep and beautiful culture. They were a clan structured community that consisted of four identifying groups. When a child was born, it was given a “head name”. It could not be named until a Head was taken. They would go on a raid to take heads. They would tease the name out of the dying victim. They needed to get the name, or the kill was pointless and they would need to go find another. In taking heads the warriors acquired “mana”, the spirit force and power from the warrior killed. The drum was always carried with the Marind and was used to contact and call upon the ancestor spirits. A very powerful tool. This drum, is one of the finest and oldest examples I have ever seen. With classical elongated hourglass form, it stands at 36” tall. It has a projecting centralized grip with extreme signs of ceremonial wear, all the way down to finger grooving! It is decorated in classical curvilinear geometric designs on the lower quarter panel. Carved in low relief, the original polychrome pigment is still very present. On the upper portion the symbolic Marind Star is present on all sides. This drum also retains its original lizard skin top and raffia fiber wrap around the top. A truly magnificent and all original 19th century stone carved example. The MSC missionaries made very early contact with the Marind people in 1905. They began the taming and indoctrination of the people, which inevitably led to the cultural stripping of these once strong headhunting people. Most of the Marind ethnographical artifacts and trophy heads were taken and destroyed. Making this culture one of the rarest of all to find pieces from the past. An absolute honor to have such a powerful item from the Marind Anim people in the Karlin Collection . . . #marind #marindanim #asmat #newguinea #tribalart #oceania #oceanicart #primitiveart #png #shrunkenhead #photography #michaelrockefeller #travelphotography #humanskull #asmatskull #ancestorskull #tribaldrum #marindanimdrum #tribalcollector #melanesia #tribalskull #tattoo #flashart #karlincollection

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2018-10-22 10:21:47

💀Fly River Drum💀 Absolutely incredible Fly River region shark mouth style drum. 4’2” in height. This incredible and early collected example contains the original pigment and monitor lizard skin. Stone carved in relief around the base in black and orange. Not very many expeditions were made to the Fly River region back in the early 1900’s as it was very dangerous area to travel. Headhunting and cannibalism were in full swing! A similar example to this drum can be seen in the Troppen museum collection in Amsterdam. Ex-Dutch collection. . . . . #asmat #flyriver #headhunting #headhunter #cannibal #tribalart #tribaldrum #flyriverdrum #oceania #oceanicart #stonecarved #travelphotography #photography #shrunkenhead #michaelrockefeller #travel #tribalskull #oddity #oddities #medicalskull #asmatskull #ethnographicart #karlincollection

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2018-10-17 23:40:54

🌴💀Melawi Dayak💀🌴 A spectacular headhunted carved trophy half skull of the Melawi Dayaks of western Kalimantan. When partnered Dayak tribes went on a headhunting raid, sometimes they would take the head and split it right in half, so that each war party could take back a trophy. The Melawi would then sometimes give the skull to the women for them to carve. A Chinese trade bead can be seen in the center of the eye inlay. These glass beads were very treasured items to the Dayak as they were very difficult to acquire and they had no way of making such a thing in that region. This is one of my favorite pieces in the collection and increasingly more and more rare to find an authentic example. Ex Coppens-Ex Jamieson. . . . #dayak #skull #humanskull #iban #headhunting #trophyskull #oceania #oceanicart #tribalart #tattoo #worldtravel #coppens #shrunkenhead #ndambirkus #vanuatuskull #medical #deformedskull #borneo #taxidermy #oddity #oddities #primitifart #primitiveart #ethnographicart #karlincollection #collector #asmat #photography #kalimantan

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2018-10-27 07:48:44

🌴Asmat Owam🌴 This Owam headhunter necklace was first collected from the Asmat by SWC missionary Father Gerard Zegwaard in 1955. It was acquired by Bodes and Bode, an early dealer in the 60’s from Zegwaard. The necklace was then purchased from Bodes and Bode in 1966 by the Nijmegen Museum in the Netherlands where it stayed in their Oceanic collection on display and cataloged as item number 1089. In 2005 the museum closed down. The Nijmegen collection was purchased by Michel Thieme of Amsterdam in 2005. This necklace passed hands a few times until it ended up in the Adamowicz collection of France. And finally...it has a home in the Karlin Collection of South Pacific artifacts. It is very special to be able to trace an items provenance from collection to current date! Very exciting to know the map to its journey. As with many of these artifacts, if protected and properly cared for, will outlive many many generations in which they originated! . . . #asmat #nijmegen #oceanic #oceania #tribalart #oceanicart #melanesia #artifact #owam #asmatnecklace #museum #headhunter #headhunting #photography #travel #travelphotography #shrunkenhead #asmatskull #michaelrockefeller #karlincollection

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2018-10-10 01:34:37

🌴Malakula Rambaramp Skull🌴 The People of Malakula Vanuatu (Vanuatu’s second largest island) have a very deep and rich history in veneration of important ancestors. Starting at birth some (not all) practiced skull beautification or elongation. “The Ambat” were five entities (brothers) that the Malakula people believed in. They were believed to have elongated heads with fine aquiline, pointed noses and were not cannibals as were other entities on the island. Ambat (the eldest) was said to have made the first rambaramp funerary effigy for one of his deceased classificatory brothers. The Rambaramp was a life sized figure made from bamboo and jungle materials and was also overmodeled with painted clay. The important people of the tribe would receive a rambaramp figure upon death depending on his social importance and achievements in life. Upon death, the skull was overmodeled with paste in the likeness of the ancestor during his prime. It was then placed on top of the rambaramp and displayed. After much time, sometimes years, the rambaramp figure would deteriorate. The skull was then taken and placed on a stick and placed above eye level in the roof area inside of the mens house. The ancestor skulls were worshipped and taken out on occasion for use during important rituals. Extra special bit with this skull, is that it has some pretty violent trauma on it, possibly a cause of death. One of the holes has a tribal repair as well. This beautiful 19th century (or earlier) example of an extremely elongated overmodeled ancestor skull came out of the collection of the late great Billy Jamieson. It now has a place of honor amongst the Karlin Collection of South Pacific artifacts. . . . . #vanuatu #malakula #ancestorskull #overmodeledskull #melanesia #tribalart #asmat #papuanewguinea #melanesianskull #skullworship #asmatskull #headhunters #canibal #photography #oceania #oceanicart #primitiveart #primitifart #cabinetofcuriosities #tattoo #shrunkenhead #tribalskull #humanskull #antiquity #ibanskull #skullcollection #skullcollector #karlincollection

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2018-09-29 22:42:29

🌴Tiwi Club🌴 The Tiwi (or Tunuvivi) are an aboriginal indigenous people of Australia. They live on the Bathurst and Melville Islands which make up the Tiwi Islands off the northern coast. This is an old ceremonial dance club. Beautifully carved and with a deep rich reddish patina. . . . . #tiwi #tunuvivi #travelphotography #tribalart #oceanicart #australia #humanskull #tribalskull #asmat #pacificislands #melanesia #woodcarving #worldtravel #vanuatuskull #ancestorskull #solomonislands #karlincollection

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2018-09-16 22:34:13

✨🔥Ancient Sorcery🔥✨ 16th century sorcerer bowl human skullcaps. Ancient magic used by the Chin people of Burma. The small pressed figures made from herbs and other ingredients were ground up in the skullcap using a tiger tooth and used for ritual magic, healing, spell casting and ancient tattooing. These skullcaps came from Myanmar region. . . . #magic #sorcery #chintribe #chinpeople #burma #skullcap #humanskull #sorcererbowl #ancientmagic #tribalart #burma #myanmar #tattoo #ritualtattoo #antiquity #oceanicart #oceania #karlincollection

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2019-03-10 00:21:26

💀Solomon Islands Skull Hut💀 One of the finest examples of a Solomon Islands skull reliquary hut I’ve ever seen. This hut contains the skull of a very important ancestor. Inside it is filled with ancillary shrine pieces such as tridacna shell ring currency, whales teeth, alligator teeth, Barava carvings and a clay trade pipe used by the ancestor in life. This hut is made of wood and is coated in black parinarium nut paste (a common natural hardening adhesive that was used in the Solomons). These skull huts were typically stored in nearby caves or half open shed huts. They were typically mounted on a post up off the ground. This hut was collected by Kevin Conru near Chea village in the Marovo lagoon on Vangunu island in the Solomons. It is part of the catalogued and published Kevin Conru Solomon Islands collection (catalogue number CS12). It is published in the book “Solomon Islands Art”. Remaining in Kevin’s personal collection for many years, I acquired this piece just before It was being taken to be showcased at Parcours Des Mondes 2018. This is an absolute dream piece to add to the Karlin Collection.🌴💀💀💀🌴 . . . . #solomonislands #skullhut #skullhouse #kosa #solomonislandskull #tribalart #parcoursdesmondes #kevinconru #oceania #oceanicart #melanesia #melanesian #primitiveart #bruneaf #tribaltattoo #skull #humanskull #worldtravel #architecturephotography #tattoo #dayakskull #shrunkenhead #conrucollection #artcollector #tribalartcollector #karlincollection

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2018-09-02 22:04:38

✨We’re Back!✨ The Karlin Collection gallery/Odditorium is back in action! The new location is amazing and displays better than before! Stay posted for more picture updates and more incredible South Pacific antiquities coming soon! . . . . #artifacts #tribalart #odditorium #oddity #humanskull #museum #freakshow #shrunkenhead #taxidermy #tribalskull #oceanicartifacts #oceania #oceanicart #africanart #wunderkammer #asmatskull #dayakskull #elongatedskull #collector #homedesign #homedecor #diy #karlincollection

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2019-05-27 10:54:14

🌴💀Latmul Trophy Head💀🌴 The Latmul people (middle Sepik river region of New Guinea) were known for their fierce headhunting and over modeling the skulls of their dead. When an ancestor would die, the body would be buried. Months later after the body had decomposed, it would be dug up and the skull would be over modeled in the image of the person when they were alive. On occasion, the skulls of victims heads, taken in battle would be over modeled as well (though not in as detailed and ornate a fashion, more carelessly if you will). When the head was brought back to the village from a headhunting raid, the processing began. First many cuts and incisions were made in the skin of the face. Then the head was boiled. After most of the skin had come off, the tongue and jaw were removed. The skull was then de-fleshed and scraped of any skin before it was smoked over a fire for many hours. They then took the skull and over modeled it with a clay paste called yiba. Red clay being the center point, it was mixed with many other ingredients. It was decorated with cowrie shells for eyes, croix seeds representing a headband, and hair from the victim. The Latmul believed that the soul would still be attached to the skull. So to rid the skull of the vengeful spirit, they performed a ritual ceremony in which the spirit was chased down the Sepik river. We know that this skull is a trophy by the defleshing scrape marks on the skull, and the wood mandible replacement jaw. This amazing example was collected by Martius, a German explorer in the mid 19th century in former German New Guinea. It was then sold to the Grassi Museum in Leipzig Germany. It spent 50 years there on display in their oceanic collection until it was privately purchased from the museum by F. Reiter of Berlin. A few hands and 4 decades later, it made its way to the Karlin collection. . . . #iatmulskull #latmul #trophyskull #headhunter #asmat #newguinea #tribalart #oceanicart #oceania #worldtraveler #skull #humanskull #vanuatuskull #overmodeledskull #cannibal #grassimuseum #grassimuseumleipzig #museumpiece #martius #shrunkenhead #tattoo #karlincollection #dayakskull #ibanskull #primitiveart

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2018-08-30 17:20:56

💀Billy Jamieson T-Shirt💀 This amazing shirt arrived to me this morning as a gift from a very kind and fucking awesome collector @burn_wallstreet thank you SO much man! These shirts were made by Billy for his staff and were given out to special clients of his. Impossible to find now, I am honored to have been gifted the last one🤩 . . . . #billyjamieson #tshirt #shrunkenhead #ethnographicmuseum #tattoo #vanuatuskull #dayakskull #headhunter #headhunting #southpacificislands #cannibal #tribalart #oceanicart #taxidermy #humanskull #karlincollection

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2018-08-28 01:25:54

🌴💀The Karlin Collection💀🌴 An end to a chapter. Moving on to a different location tomorrow! The collection all began in this house and it has grown in the last year at an incredible rate. I’m excited to see what the coming days hold. I’m sad to say that all things come to an end. But greater things to come! A farewell from all the friends in the gallery💀 We’ll see everybody again soon in the new location! More great things coming 💀🌴💀 . . . #tribalskull #oceanicskull #oceanicart #borneo #bidayuh #dayak #ifugaoskull #changit #asmatjawnecklace #asmat #sepik #iatmulskull #asmatskull #ndambirkus #trophyskull #antiquities #ibanskull #coppens #billyjamieson #carvedskull #tattoo #primitiveart #primitifart #karlingallery #karlincollection

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2018-08-25 00:02:37

✨🔥Kayan Dayak🔥✨ The holy floral patterns of the Kayan Dayak of central Borneo. Softly carved into the freshly taken skull of a head of a victim taken in a raid. Late IX century. . Ex Francois Coppens: Ex Billy Jamieson collection . . #dayak #dayakskull #kayandayak #borneo #kalimantan #oceania #oceanicart #carvedskull #tribalart #ethnographicmuseum #ethnographicart #headhunting #tattoo #shrunkenhead #primitiveart #artgallery #vanuatuskull #iatmulskull #asmatskull #karlincollection

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2018-08-15 21:58:15

💀Ifugao Head Feast💀 A photo of an actual Ifugao Head feast. The head can be seen on the nearby pole, and the decapitated body on the ground. Priests squat to the right and the headhunter whom took the head is poking around the crowd and showing off his accomplishment. This head after preparation, would end up on a “Changit” rack, and displayed outside or inside of his house. This rare photograph was taken 1905. What a feeling it must have been to be the guy with the camera watching all of this happen before him! . . . #changit #ifugao #headfeast #headhunters #tribalart #oceania #philippines #trophyhead #dayak #vanuatuskull #dayakskull #ifugaoskull #tribalritual #oceania #oceanicart #shrunkenhead #macabre #worldtravel #tattoo #karlincollection

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2018-08-14 00:43:06

🌴💀Vertebra Necklace💀🌴 A beautiful example of an Asmat vertebra trophy necklace. The atlas vertebra was taken from the victim of a headhunting raid after the butchering of the body. The vertebra was strung onto a necklace and worn for all to see. This unique example also has locks of the victims hair. An absolutely beautiful and very old piece of Asmat headhunting history. . . . #asmat #headhunting #humanskull #tribalskull #vertebranecklace #tribal #tribalart #oceania #oceanicart #asmattrophy #trophyskull #ifugao #dayak #dayakskull #tattoo #shrunkenhead #bruneaf #ndambirkus #ndaokus #worldtravel #homedecor #karlincollection

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2018-08-10 23:15:01

🌴🐚Kafa Kala🐚🌴 Made from a single piece of wood, these combs were said to have been introduced to Malaita from the western Solomons in colonial times. The Kwara’ae make them from hardwood trees. Incised designs are blackened with putty (saia) and sometimes imitate the shell inlay used in other objects in the Solomon Islands. Although made to comb hair, these combs are also worn as ornaments by the Kwara’ae and elsewhere in Malaita. . . . #solomonislands #solomons #malaita #tribalart #primitiveart #oceania #oceanicart #tribal #tribalcomb #kwaraae #ethnographicart #asmatskull #shrunkenhead #tattoo #shrunkenhead #bruneaf #worldtravel #homedesign #karlincollection #tribalskull

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2018-08-09 00:41:52

🌴Asmat Femur Dagger🌴 When the Asmat took the head of a reputable warrior in battle, after the consumption, they would take pieces of the body for use. It was a form of insult, but also they believe that they were taking on the power of that warrior. The tibia was carved into a harpoon, and the femur was carved into a vicious dagger. The dagger would then take on the name of the next person that it killed. The dagger was worn on the upper arm of a warrior tucked into an armband of woven sago palm. This beautiful and very old example exhibits all of the typical characteristics and pure original form of a victim femur dagger. Decorated in seeds and cassowary feathers, it still has the original woven (and heavily patinated from years of use) jungle fiber weave on the handle. It brandishes an extremely shiny patina as most old human bone pieces do. Provenance: Collected in Otsjanep village in 1959 by K. Baarspul of the Netherlands. . . . #asmat #dagger #humanbonedagger #oceania #asmatskull #shrunkenhead #tribalskull #vanuatuskull #primitive #southpacificislands #primitifart #primitiveart #headhunter #bonedagger #cannibal #tribalart #oceanicart #dayakskull #ibanskull #karlincollection #tattoo

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2018-08-05 21:53:29

🐚Solomon Trade Club🐚 A nice example of a Solomon island trade club. During WW2 the tribes of the Solomon Islands would trade items to the US soldiers occupying the area for gum, candy, cigarettes and alcohol. The village carvers made these little clubs that served no real purpose other than to show off their craftsmanship and to trade for items the soldiers had. Some of these clubs made it home with the soldiers back to the US. In a time when there was no tourism market to the Solomons, just a handful of explorers and the presence of the US soldiers. This club is carved from native wood and inlayed with the traditional shell design of the Solomon Islands. . . . #solomonislands #santacruzisland #primitivecarving #primitifart #primitifart #tradeclub #rovianalagoon #dayakskull #ethnographicart #tribalart #ww2 #southpacificislands #oceanicart #oceania #shrunkenhead #tribalskull #asmat #karlincollection

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2018-08-01 00:49:15

🌴Asmat Vertebra Necklace🌴 An amazing and very old Asmat victim vertebra necklace I recently acquired. The Asmat would keep the atlas vertebra from certain victims of their headhunting raids. Typically from a respected warrior from a rival village such as the Ocanep/Pirien conflict. It was used as a platform of bragging their accomplished success against the enemy. They were made into necklaces and decorated. This necklace has the atlas vertebra and is wrapped in jungle fibers, Job’s tears and cockatoo feathers. A truly holistic and traditional Asmat artifact, an echo from the past times of headhunting. . . . #papuanewguinea #primitifart #primitive #primitiveart #tribalart #asmat #asmatart #headhunted #oceanicart #ethnographicart #southpacific #asmatvertebra #shrunkenhead #taxidermy #architecture #archeology #oceania #michaelrockefeller #karlincollection

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2018-07-30 12:47:35

🌴Irian Jaya🌴 Some of my pieces in my Asmat collection. The Asmat tribe and culture hold a special place in my heart. The spirit of the people and their ancestors dwell in these items and the distant drumming and singing still echoes. It is such an honor to have some of the relics from the bygone days of headhunting. Left to right: Owam Pa necklace with enemy atlas vertebra| Owam Bakar ceremonial necklace| Harpoon carved from enemy leg bone| Owam Bakar necklace| Cassowary dagger. . . . #asmat #tribalart #primitiveart #primitifart #oceania #oceanicart #ndambirkus #tribalcarving #papuanewguinea #headhunters #africanart #naga #oddity #tattoo #taxidermy #worldtravel #karlincollection #asmatart #artgallery

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2018-07-30 12:36:41

💀The Head Of An Ancestor💀 One of my most treasured pieces in my collection. A beautiful authentic Asmat Ndambirkus ancestor skull. With his shiny age old patina and tightly bound rattan braid holding the jaw in place. Beeswax/tree sap resin fill the nose and eyes with abrus seeds adorn. The ancestor skull protected the warrior from evil spirits while he slept and gave him knowledge. This skull was collected in Irian Jaya in the mid 20th century. . ~While the warrior sleeps, the ancestor speaks~ . #asmat #asmattribe #michaelrockefeller #cannibal #tribalart #primitifart #primitiveart #worldtravel #png #newguinea #oceanicart #headhunter #tattoo #tattoos #karlincollection

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2018-07-30 13:28:42

💀Billy Jamieson💀 My muse and inspiration. Billy Jamieson and his collection have inspired me so much in my passion for collecting tribal art and skulls. He was such an amazing guy. His passion and obsession for what he did is something that many of us collectors can see reflections of in ourselves. He was one of us. Billy purchased the Niagara Falls museum years back and kickstarted his career as a dealer. Since then he made contacts all over the world as he amassed what I would unarguably claim to be the most incredible collection ever on earth. When I first saw him on his tv show that he created in Canada, I was awe struck. I wanted to be him and I wanted to do what he did. Billy acquired some incredibly important skulls, as well as the largest collection of shrunken heads on the planet. His 3 story Toronto condo was filled from floor to ceiling with tribal art, taxidermy, skulls, shrunken heads, natural history, mummies and anything you could imagine! I am so fortunate to have acquired several items that belonged to him from his personal collection, and I hold them dear to my heart. Billy unfortunately passed away on July 3rd 2011 on his 57th birthday. But his spirit lives on. Thank you Billy for inspiring the passion for the things that I am constantly chasing down. Billy Jamieson July 3rd 1954-July 3rd 2011 . “I collect history, but this is history that not a lot of people know about.” -Billy Jamieson . #treasuretrader #asmatskull #antiquity #tribalart #billyjamieson #oceanicart #primitifart #worldtravel #shrunkenhead #newguinea #dayakskull #collector #jamieson #karlincollection

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2018-07-22 21:55:56

🌋Mendi Doll🌋 The Mendi tribe of Papua New Guinea inhabit the southern highland region. As with many tribes from the old days of New Guinea, headhunting was part of the lifestyle. When a warrior of the tribe was killed, the family would craft these revenge dolls. It was a place for the soul of the fallen warrior to inhabit. It also served as a reminder that revenge needed to take place. Once revenge had been carried out, the family would destroy the doll and the warriors soul would be free to pass on. It is constructed of all jungle fibers, shells and strung together. It is decorated in cowrie shells and jobs tear seeds and cassowary feathers. Provenance: S Napolitino collection. . . . #png #mendi #tribe #headhunting #oceanicart #oceania #tribalart #shrunkenhead #tattoos #tattoo #asmat #worldtravel #newguinea #vanuatuskull #primitiveart #primitifart #skull #humanskull #oddity #wunderkammer #taxidermy #dayakskull #asmat #karlincollection

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2018-07-21 22:23:16

✨Bini Mask✨ As you all know, I’m primarily a collector of Oceanic art from the South Pacific. I don’t really collect African tribal art. It is the most faked stuff on the market hands down! But boy was it refreshing to come across this authentic early to mid 1900’s Nigerian Bini mask! A beautifully carved mask with soft features and fantastic character. The Bini mask was used in rituals to propitiate the gods and to protect the people from illness. . . . #tribalart #africanart #patina #carvedmask #carvedskull #oceanicart #oceania #africa #nigeria #bini #binimask #notouristpieces #oddity #worldtravel #primitiveart #skullcollector #asmatskull #shrunkenhead #tattoo #tattoos #karlincollection

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2018-07-30 12:37:26

🌴💀Bidayuh Dayak Trophy Skull💀🌴 This very rare trophy skull is a victim of the Bidayuh Dayak headhunters. The Bidayuh are the “Land Dayaks” of western Kalimantan. These trophy heads were symbols of social status and prowess of a Dayak headhunter. The Dayak believed that if a persons head was taken, then the spirit would be trapped in the skull forever and would make the warrior that took the head more powerful. The warriors would hang the skulls from poles in their houses suspended from boars hair rope, and hung through a hole in the skull. According to a Bibenuk legend, a famous Bibenuk warrior by the name of Mangbarik fought the Skrang and Sebuyau Ibans in the 1400’s. By that, he defended the village and killed many enemies whose skulls were kept in the panggah, head-house. This skull is one of the heads that Mangbarik took. This beautiful skull has inlay of palm heart in the eyes and nose, and two Chinese trade beads in the eyes (very treasured items to the Dayak) One black, one white. This amazing skull was collected from Kampung Benuk longhouse in West Sarawak. It hung on display for centuries in the panggah (skull house) What makes this skull so special, is that there are documented photographs in situ where this specific skull was housed. It hung in the Kampung Benuk skull house for many years. I’ve done much research on this skull due to its very rare nature and my research continues. It was collected in Kampung Benuk between 1984 and 2005 and is as much as 500 years old! The provenance trail hunt continues! A truly prized piece in the Karlin Collection! . . . . #dayak #headhunter #headhunting #primitifart #primitiveart #oceanicart #oceania #tribalart #tribal #tattoo #travelphotography #borneo #sarawak #kalimantan #oddities #taxidermy #karlincollection

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2018-07-30 12:46:48

🔥💀Naga Dao💀🔥 The primary weapon used by the Naga headhunters of Nagaland India for taking heads. A well balanced weapon with a mid hilt grip and heavy blade, designed to lop off a head with one stroke. This vicious axe was used by the Konyak Nagas, the last of the Nagas to accept Christianity and also the most violent and fierce. It would have at one time had dyed goat hair coming off the lower half of the handle, the sign of a successful headhunter. Most of the hair has come off from this one but remnants can be seen in the hole bases. This late 19th century example exhibits a perfect form and a blade that has been sharpened many times over. It has a deep rich time crusted patina from the blood of enemies running down the handle. It is stamped with an old collection number. This piece came to me from a dear friend and fellow collector @adam121212 Similar examples can be seen in the Pitt Rivers museum of Oxford England. A truly magnificent piece of Naga headhunting history. . . . #oceanicart #newguinea #nagaland #headhunting #headhunters #axe #nagadao #weapon #blade #tattoo #asmat #ethnographicart #oceania #tribalart #primitifart #primitifart #tribalweapon #worldtravel #karlincollection

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2018-06-22 12:02:29

🌴💀Sepik Spear💀🌴 A beautiful and very aged Sepik spear that has seen some action! Carved out of dark palm, I’m not exactly sure what region this came out of but from what I’ve been told it comes from the upper Sepik river region of New Guinea. Stands 66” tall. . . . . #sepikriver #tribalweapon #tribal #png #newguinea #tribalart #ethnographicart #primitifart #primitiveart #humanskull #oceanicart #oceania #spear #tribalspear #asmat #carvedskull #worldtravel #tattoo #taxidermy #shrunkenhead #karlincollection .

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2018-09-30 18:10:12

🌴💀Ndambirkus💀🌴 In Asmat, the ancestors are the guardians of the people. Their spirits protect and ward off from evil and sickness. When an Asmat ancestor dies, the skull is retrieved after the decomposition has taken place. It is cleaned and decorated. First the jaw is secured shut and bound in rattan braid. Then the eyes and nose holes are filled with a beeswax/tree sap resin to protect from any bad spirits from entering. They are decorated with Croix and Abrus seeds. Some of them would be decorated in headdresses made of rows of Job’s tears and dangling king cockatoo and cassowary feathers. The ancestor skulls would be slept on during the day to receive wisdom from them. At night the Asmat would sleep on them for protection. They believed that the spirits would come back from safon, the land beyond the sea and cause havoc on the village. The spirits would see the skulls and be scared away back to where they came. Some of the skulls would be worn as a necklace in the front while in the village (close to the heart) but would be worn on the back while out on a hunt as to have the ancestor watch over them. This wonderful example contains all of the correct signs of an authentic and used Ndambirkus ancestor skull. This piece came out of a large estate collection of oceanic and ethnographic art in Louisiana. The owner collected it himself in southwest New Guinea in the 60’s. The owner passed of old age unfortunately and his collection sold off at auction. A few hands later it fatefully ended up in my lap. A true dream skull that I have wanted to get ahold of for a long time. A wonderful addition to the Karlin Collection! . . . #asmat #ndambirkus #oceanicart #michaelrockefeller #oceanicart #oceania #ndaokus #papuanewguinea #taxidermycollector #artcollector #primitifart #ethnographicart #karlincollection

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2018-06-19 11:27:20

🌴Asmat Armband🌴 These arm bands were worn by the Asmat warrior to show off he amount of heads they have taken in battle. Made of boars tusks and jungle fiber. It was worn on the upper arm and was not uncommon to see an Asmat warrior with 4 and 5 on each arm! Ex K.Knoll collection . . . #asmat #headhunting #warrior #ndambirkus #michaelrockefeller #tribalcarving #tribalart #primitifart #primitiveart #humanskull #shrunkenhead #dayakskull #carvedskull #oceanicart #vanuatuskull #taxidermycollector #tribal #tattoo #worldtravel #png #karlincollection

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2018-06-11 10:15:03

🌴Owam-Pa Enemy Vertebra Necklace🌴 When the Asmat would take the head of an enemy, they would take it back to the village jeu (JAY-Ū) After removing the brains from the skull with a star shaped stone ax for later consumption they would remove the lower jaw and the atlas vertebra. The jaw would be given to the wife as a gift. The vertebra was kept by the warrior as a trophy and worn on a necklace like this. After the butchering of the body, it was cooked and a ceremonial feast of human flesh would ensue. This necklace is called “Owam-Pa” it is one of 3 types of Owam necklaces used in a manhood ceremony ritual after a first head is taken. As time goes on, finding authentic old Asmat artifacts from the days of headhunting is getting harder and harder. This exceptionally rare piece was collected in Otsjanep by Gerard Zegwaard during his years of time spent with the people in the 50’s. An enemy victim human vertebra stung on a necklace of sago palm string, bamboo, Job’s tears and reeds. A true honor to add this piece to the Karlin Collection. Provenance: Collected by Patter Gerard Zegwaard 50’s: Private French collection: Adamowicz collection: Karlin Collection. . . . . #asmat #asmattrophy #otsjanep #tribalcarving #tribalart #ethnographicart #oceania #oceanicart #asmatskull #tattoo #worldtravel #humanskull #humanskullforsale #vacation #papuanewguinea #shrunkenhead #taxidermy #oddities #ibanskull #primitifart #primitiveart #dayakskull #vanuatuskull #zegwaard #michaelrockefeller #karlincollection

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2018-06-03 22:08:28

🌴🇬🇧New Britain Dogs Teeth Necklace🇬🇧🌴 In the South Pacific Islands, one of the greatest forms of status was the dogs teeth necklace. They were used in trading, ceremonies, showing an important wealth status and for buying brides. They were worn by both men and women in dance and ritual. Dog teeth were so valuable that during the colonial period the Germans manufactured porcelain dog teeth in Europe and imported them to New Guinea before WW1 for bartering. This is a stunning and exceptionally old 19th century example from New Britain island. Woven individually together by indigenous jungle fibers and bark fiber twine. . . . #png #tribalart #newbritain #dogsteeth #dogsteethnecklace #primitifart #oddities #worldtravel #shrunkenhead #oceania #oceanicart #africanart #vanuatuskull #asmat #asmatskull #dayakskull #taxidermy #cabinetofcuriosities #artifact #headhunter #tattoo #karlincollection

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2018-06-21 15:58:44

🐠Marshal Islands Fish Hook🐠 A wonderful example of an early 20th century Marshal Islands fishing hook. Carved from seashell and turtle shell for the hook, it is lashed in place with jungle fibers. Different types of lures are used to catch the eye of fish from streamers of jungle fibers to small glass beads. The fishing lure is carved in the shape of a small fish. No bait was used on these, they merely trolled along through the water from a canoe until the fish bit! This is a very beautiful and well used example. Very primitively carved. . . . #primitifart #worldtravel #tribalcarving #shrunkenhead #dayakskull #primitiveart #tribalart #oceania #oceanicart #solomonislands #rovianalagoon #fishinglures #vanuatuskull #asmat #asmatskull #oddities #tattoo #taxidermy #karlincollection

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2018-05-27 21:59:55

🌴New Britain Comb🌴 This beautiful comb comes from late 19th century-early 20th century New Britain island. It was worn in the hair as decoration. It’s beautifully carved motif is on a large piece of bamboo. This comb measures 11”x4”. It was collected by Pater Ralf Stüttgen in the late 70’s in new Britain where Stüttgen was working as an agriculture assistant on the island very closely with the people. It was catalogued into his large collection as item number 2214. . . #papuanewguinea #pngcomb #newguinea #newbritain #tribalart #oceania #oceanicart #asmat #vanuatuskull #primitiveart #primitifart #ethnographicart #ndambirkus #tattoo #worldtravel #vacation #dayakskull #tribalcarving #shrunkenhead #taxidermy #humanskullforsale #dayakskull #oddity #oddities #karlincollection

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2018-05-24 22:40:29

🐠Net Sinker🐠 This is a wonderful old hand carved stone net sinker from the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands, known for their bonito fishing, many depictions of them are seen in their works. The sea is deeply rooted in the spiritualism of the Solomon Islands. This net sinker was very used and has a fantastic ocean patina on the surface. It has an ancestor head on top and the symbols of the sea around the base. It’s fascinating to see, the level of sacredness that went into something which seems as trivial as a sinker for a fishing net! Attached around the neck are remains of the old net line. This piece was field collected in the 90’s by a German anthropologist in a village on Ranongga island in the western province. A truly magnificent piece of Solomon island history. . . . #solomonislands #papuanewguinea #southpacific #oceanic #oceania #oceanicart #tribalart #stonecarving #headhunters #netsinker #asmatskull #vanuatuskull #primitiveart #primitifart #ethnographicart #dayakskull #shrunkenhead #tribalcarving #worldtravel #worldtraveller #ranonggaisland #tattoo #karlincollection

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2018-05-23 22:05:11

🌴💀Asmat Human Bone Harpoon💀🌴 When the Asmat took the head of an enemy, parts of the body were used. The tibia of an important and powerful enemy was taken and carved into a harpoon. It was one final insult to the enemy. The power of the victim was absorbed and passed into the instrument in which the piece of them was fashioned. These examples are very rare and nearly never seen in private collections. This is an extraordinary example that was collected by Father Gerard Zegwaard during his stay in Asmat with the tribes back in the 50’s. This harpoon would date back to the early 20th century possibly earlier. Carved out of a human tibia bone and lashed together with rattan and jungle fibers. Truly a new favorite of the Karlin collection! Provenance: Collected by Gerard Zegwaard 1950’s: Private collection France: Ex Adamowicz Collection: Karlin Collection . . . Custom stand by @deathisnttheend whom constructs all stands for the Karlin Collection . . #asmat #asmatskull #papuanewguinea #asmatharpoon #michaelrockefeller #png #solomonislandskull #vanuatuskull #dayakskull #primitifart #primitiveart #tribalcarving #tribalart #oceania #oceanicart #iatmulskull #authentictribal #shrunkenhead #taxidermy #humanskull #dental #realhumanskull #worldtravel #tattoo #karlincollection

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2018-12-08 07:29:09

🌴Asmat Sago Bowl🌴 For centuries, sago has been a dietary staple for the Asmat. It is harvested from the base of the sago palm tree and turned into a pulpy mash. It is then cooked over open fire and made into little cakes. It was served at all the celebration feasts and served on sago tray/bowls such as this example. Ancestor worship has always played a large part in Asmat spiritualism. When a carver would carve anything (shield, ancestor figure, bisj pole, sago platter) he would sing a song of his ancestor and how he died, and what he did while on earth. He would then name the item after the ancestor and the spirit of that ancestor would inhabit that item. This sago bowl was carved on both sides. With the main design to face underneath, with the ancestor head facing down. The reason for this was so that when the bowl was not in use, it was hung on the wall, with the design facing out and the ancestor face as well, as to watch over the house and ward off bad spirits. The design on this beautifully carved bowl shows off the traditional swirling designs, depicting a coiled cuscus tail, a strong symbol of headhunting. It has a beautiful patina and is decorated in the traditional Asmat white chalk, red ochre pigment and charcoal for color. A truly magnificent piece of Asmat history. . . . #asmat #tribalart #tribalcarving #primitiveart #headhunter #oceanicart #png #papuanewguinea #agats #asmatart #sago #tattoo #shrunkenhead #tribalskull #asmatskull #vanuatuskull #taxidermy #humanskull #ndambirkus #karlincollection #worldtravel #makeup #skincare

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2018-05-08 12:17:31

💀Ndaokus💀 The Asmat enemy trophy skull. Just as the plants would bare fruit to eat, the head to the Asmat was the fruit of man. The power of the warrior would be absorbed through consumption of the brains and flesh. The Ndaokus would be displayed in the men’s houses. The butchering ritual from centuries before was followed to the letter of the law. A bamboo knife pushed into the neck while the head would be pushed back until the snap of the spine would be heard. The atlas vertebra taken as a trophy piece and the jaw was removed and given to the wife of the head taker. She would fashion the jaw into a necklace. The head was cleaned and a hole was made in the temple with a star shaped stone ax. The brains were shook and scraped out into a sago palm leaf and saved for later consumption. The Ndaokus was then kept in the men’s houses high up off the ground. . . . #asmatritual #trophyskull #ndaokus #humanskull #humantrophyskull #tribalart #primitiveart #ethnographicart #michaelrockefeller #otsjanep #asmat #asmatskull #tattoo #shrunkenhead #taxidermy #karlincollection

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2018-05-01 21:13:54

🐚Santa Cruz Island Nose ornament🐚 . . This nose ornament was worn by the men of Santa Cruz in the Solomon Islands. It was worn while performing the Nelo dance and during ceremonies. It is beautifully carved and smoothed out of sea turtle shell. The sea turtle shell was commonly used in the carvings and ornamentation of the Solomons. This early 20th century piece was originally collected on Santa Cruz Island. It was most recently purchased by myself out of a private oceanic collection in France. . . . Custom stand by @deathisnttheend . #oceanicart #solomonislands #tribalart #oceania #turtleshell #primitif #primitive #nelo #nelodance #headhunters #tribal #tattoo #worldtravel #southpacificislands #oddities #shrunkenhead #asmatskull #realhumanskull #tribalcollection #vanuatuskull #dayakskull #karlincollection

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2018-07-30 12:44:53

💀Asmat Otsj💀 The Asmat of New Guinea were notorious for their symbolism. Items worn that identified a specific status of a headhunter and his accomplishments. In most cases it was for intimidation on the battlefield and respect amongst their peers. The most prestigious nose ornament an Asmat warrior could brandish was the Otsj. It was worn in the septum which was stretched from a young age to immense size! Most of these were carved out of pig bone. Some more rare Otsj were carved out of the human arm bone of a reputable warrior from an enemy tribe when his head was claimed. It was then worn as the highest level of trophy. This incredible Otsj is a human bone carved example. It has a rich smooth shiny honey glazed patina from many years of being worn. The center is filled with the beeswax/tree sap resin that the Asmat are known for using. It also has crushed seashell, decorating each end of the resin plug that has mostly come off over the years but remnants remain. Thank you to my friends at the @embodymuseum where this item has been researched sourced and catalogued in their archives. . . . #asmat #otsj #noseornament #png #tribalart #primitiveart #oceanicart #oceania #worldtraveler #tattoo #taxidermy #primitifart #tribalcarving #karlincollection #bodymodification #piercing #septumpiercing

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2018-04-25 12:54:45

🐚Kina Shell Necklace🐚 For centuries, tribes throughout the South Pacific Islands have used seashells as a form of currency, trade and adornment. This beautiful example comes from the Foi tribe of the southern highlands of New Guinea. The Foi tribe used these necklaces in trade, dowry and wedding ceremony. This specific shell gorget has very deeply imprinted red ochre that was used in body decorating during ceremonies. Field collected in the 1960’s, this late 19th century artifact has withheld the test of time and has a gorgeous rich deep patina of many decades of tribal use! . . . . Custom stand made by the incredibly talented @deathisnttheend whom has provided most all of the custom displays for the Karlin Collection. . . . #tribal #primitiveart #oceania #oceanicart #kinashell #png #newguinea #newguineaartifact #worldtravel #asmat #foi #primitifart #headhunter #tattoo #solomonislands #vanuatuskull #ndambirkus #ethnographicart #karlincollection #tribalcarving #shrunkenhead #tribalskull