Authentic Tribal art object from Africa.
Sepik trophy skull
From the headwaters to the mouth, the Sepik River basin flows through the territories of spoken of dozens of Sepik languages each corresponding to one or more culture regions of related villages that exhibit similar social characteristics. The largest language and culture group along the river is the Iatmul people, but the Sepik-Ramu basin is also home to the Torricelli, Lower Sepik-Ramu, Kwomtari, Upper Yuat, Yuat and Amto-Musan speaking tribes, among others.
Head hunting was a river culture practice in the Sepik area. Young men could only come of age by taking a head – that would be hung after preperation in the men’s houses. The head hunters were not necessarily cannibals, but many were. Human flesh was eaten until fairly recently, but it ended after European missionaries arrived in the 1930s. After the arrival of the Europeans, people who practiced cannibalism and headhunting were labeled as murderers. After some of the men were publicly executed, these violent practices ended. Human skulls were mostly removed from the community houses and buried or sold.
Sold without the stand.