The Asmat are an ethnic group of New Guinea residing in the Papua providence of Indonesia. The Asmat inhabit a region on the south western coast bordering a region of the Arafura Sea consisting of mangroves, tidal swamp, freshwater swamp and lowland forest. For thousands of years, bones antlers and teeth have been used by humans as tools, ceremonial items and ornamental articles.
Many cultures around the world carve and adorn bone specimens. Unlike the burial tradition, The Asmat group of New Guinea would traditionally decorate the skulls of their ancestors as a sign of respect.Any openings of the skull such as the eyes and nasal cavity would be filled with natural elements; this tradition is believed by the natives to keep out evil spirits, and a headdress that is worn during ceremonial dances would be added to the skull. This ancestor skull would then be passed down from generation to generation and kept within the family. With this in mind, real Asmat skulls are a rare find as the family typically wouldnt let the skull leave the household.
This replica specimen has been made in mimicry of a real Asmat ancestor skull showing all the proper detail, appearance and overall look of the real counterpart. A real bone is used for the nose piece, and real feathers are also used. Please see photos for details. The item "Asmat Tribal Human Skull (Replica)" is in sale since Sunday, January 5, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Science & Medicine (1930-Now)\Medicine, Dentistry\Other Medical Collectibles".The seller is "ken5olga5" and is located in Yukon, Oklahoma. This item can be shipped to United States.