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2 Days 2 Hours Ago

🌴💀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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2 Days 11 Hours Ago

🌴Asmat Ancestors🌴 Two amazing Asmat ancestor figures. Carved from the softwood of the mangrove tree, these figures exhibit Asmat symbolism and characteristics. These would have been kept in the mens house or “Yeu”. By the stylings of these carvings, they come from the mid 20th century in the days of active headhunting. . . . #dayak #skull #humanskull #iban #headhunting #trophyskull #oceania #oceanicart #tribalart #tattoo #worldtravel #homedecor #coppens #shrunkenhead #ndambirkus #vanuatuskull #medical #deformedskull #newguinea #taxidermy #oddity #oddities #primitifart #primitiveart #ethnographicart #karlincollection #collector #asmat #asmatcarving #photography

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3 Days 11 Hours Ago

🌴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 France 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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10 Days 1 Hour Ago

🌴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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12 Days 3 Hours Ago

🐚Marind Anim Chest Straps🐚 The Marind Anim of the southern coast of New Guinea were the fiercest headhunters of them all. They were one of the earliest contacted tribes (1905) and sadly the earliest to be stripped of their culture and traditions by the Dutch government and Christian missionaries. A truly sad end for the Marind Anim people. A small amount of ethnographic material was collected by early missionaries but much was also taken and burned as well making Marind material the hardest to find. This is a beautifully well preserved complete set of Marind chest straps. They are made from jungle fibers and croix seeds, woven into beautiful rows and patterns. The Marind would wear two sets, one set thinner and one set thicker, across their chest and over their shoulders. They were a marvelously decorated tribe. . . . . #travelphotography #melanesia #cabinetofcuriosities #tattoo #marindanim #headhunters #canibal #tribalart #tribal #primitiveart #primitifart #newguinea #oceania #oceanicart #tribaldecor #asmat #asmatskull #dayakskull #shrunkenhead #photography #oddity #oddities #asmatnecklace #karlincollection

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20 Days 3 Hours Ago

🌴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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28 Days 2 Hours Ago

🌴Sepik Hook🌴 The Sepik river region was the home to many primitive Stone Age tribes. They used carved hooks as a means of daily use. Some were simply carved like this one and some had animals or ancestor figures carved into them. They were used for hanging food, and some for hanging skulls of heads taken in battle. This very old hook was field collected by anthropologist John Edler in the Sepik river region in the early 80’s. It exhibits great signs of many years of use and a fantastic patina. . . . #sepik #sepikriver #png #papuanewguinea #iatmul #iatmulskull #headhunting #headhunter #worldtravel #travelphotographer #travelphotography #artcollector #tribalart #primitiveart #oceanicart #oceania #newguineaartifact #asmat #solomonislands #woodcarving #karlincollection

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2018-09-18 15:30:26

💀Asmat War Shield💀 Wood carving was a very important part of the Asmat headhunters of New Guinea. Before a headhunting raid on another village, after a ceremony, the shield carving began. They were carved from the mangrove tree. They were engraved with the Asmat headhunting symbols. They were then decorated using red ochre, black charcoal and lime chalk. The carver would sing and chant and welcome the spirit of the ancestor that revenge was about to be taken for. They would name the shield after their ancestor and the spirit was believed to dwell in the shield. They believed that if they designed the shield well enough, that the carvings and symbols alone would terrify the adversary enough sending them running. This shield is a very old and used example, much older than most seen offered that are 60’s and later. It has seen battle and has damage. It exhibits beautiful isolated age cracks, warping and wood shrinkage from the years. This is a pre contact or early contact piece dating to the late 19th-early 20th century. A truly rare and wonderful example. Provenance: Ex Dutch collection. . . . . #asmat #asmatwoodcarving #asmatart #headhunting #tribalart #oceanicart #asmatskull #vanuatuskull #dayakskull #southpacific #captaincook #primitiveart #primitifart #wunderkammer #oddity #oddities #humanskull #michaelrockefeller #met #asmatcillection #karlincollection #tattoo #shrunkenhead

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2018-09-16 22:32:12

✨🔥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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2018-09-08 23:14:33

💀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 skull hut is pre WW2 around the turn of the century. This piece 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 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 (and probably sold) 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 22:04:37

✨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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2018-09-01 23:54:12

🌴💀Iatmul Trophy Head💀🌴 The Iatmul 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 Iatmul 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 #iatmul #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 17:20:55

💀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 01:03:36

🌴💀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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2018-08-24 22:47:35

✨🔥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 21:58:14

💀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 00:43:05

🌴💀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 00:20:24

🌴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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2018-07-28 22:37:19

🌴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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2018-07-26 11:26:46

🌴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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2018-07-24 22:47:43

💀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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2018-07-22 23:34:17

💀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 21:54:26

🌋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 21:29:22

✨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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2018-07-19 23:12:46

🌴💀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