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Sepik River Hill Tribe Skull/food Hook Carved Wood Shaman Figure For Sale
I have compiled a wealth of uniq
I have compiled a wealth of unique treasures,
antiques and artworks from Asia with a fantastic
and mysterious history from travels, China,
Japan, Bali, Tibet, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia,
Taiwan, Philippines, Laos and Vietnam.
My fascination with Asia inspired me to move
here from England and become an avid
collector/buyer of Asian oriental antique
statues, carvings, puppets, bronzes and unique
objects, other items have been from years of
collecting and accumulating from estates,
private collections and sales.
SEPIK RIVER HILL TRIBE SKULL/FOOD HOOK CARVED WOOD SHAMAN FIGURE
The people of this ecologically diverse
region speak more than 250 languages and are knitted together in systems
of trade and cultural interaction. Ritual, genealogical and historical
knowledge defines one group from another and maintains the distinctions
that facilitate trade.Life in the Sepik area revolves around the river,
with men paddling narrow dugout canoes full of goods for trade, women
fishing or making sago and children joyfully swinging from trees to
splash down in the river. The Sepik is a gallery of tribal art, each
village boasts a unique style and every villager is an artisan.
Head hunting was a river culture practice
in the Sepik area. The fact that young men could only come of age in
these regions by taking a head, suggests how incessant warfare must have
been. The Iatmul people of the Sepik would take the heads in battle,
boil away the flesh and hang the painted and decorated skulls as
trophies in the men's houses. The head hunters were not necessarily
cannibals, but many were. Human flesh was eaten until fairly
recently and some of the older men from villages remember tasting it as
children,they will tell you
that it tasted a little bit like chicken.
The men's house is the place where
important decisions regarding the village are made, where boys are
initiated and become men and ceremonies to please the spirits are
performed. Here the crocodile is worshiped as the water spirit. In
excruciatingly painful ceremonies young men have their backs cut to
resemble the markings of the crocodile, which is a symbol of strength
Tribes in the East Sepik province of Papa New Guinea to this day still
practice an ancient initiation ceremony. A way of testing and
introducing adolescents into manhood, the ceremony is a strenuous and
painful process, that leaves the men’s skins scarred all over; the
effect resembling the crocodile scales.
meaning behind this ceremony has deeply spiritual and symbolic
connotations. The tribe’s people believe that the scars are crocodiles
teeth that have swallowed the adolescents and morphed them into
event culminates as the tribe’s celebration of the return of the
ancestral crocodiles: legend has it, that when they migrated through the
Sepik river, the crocodiles established a human population.
well as a celebration, the ceremony is very important in establishing
discipline and testing the strength of the young males. Their backs,
buttocks and chest all receive multiple lacerations with bamboo sticks,
creating scars that when healed form eloids, ‘sharply elevated, often
round or oval scars due to the rich production of collagen in the dermal
Due to the size, shape and being
slightly fragile, some pieces will
have to be specially wrapped, boxed
and insured for loss only which
shows in the shipping cost, I do not
intend to take any chances with
better safe than sorry, it would be
heart breaking to think it arrived
broken and deserves looking after.
There are a lot of retired American,
English, Germans etc living here in
Thailand enjoying their last days in
hotter tropical climes. With being
out and about every day looking for
items to buy I meet many foreigners
living in strange out of the way
places, I also do a lot of
advertising in local papers etc
saying I will buy any collections,
Antiques and so on, things are
starting to pick up, I am getting a
few Thai ladies calling saying their
husbands have passed away and have
items that they do not know what to
do with, there is some great stuff
Weight: 1.6 kilo.
I LIST NEW ITEMS EVERY WEEK,
CHECK OUT MY WEIRD AND WONDERFUL ITEMS UP FOR sale.
READ THIS BEFORE YOU offer:
postal service charges $30.00 a kilo by air, land sea is
a lot cheaper but takes longer. I cannot be held
responsible for your countries import taxes or any other
duties that have to be paid or control what Thai post
charges for shipping.
from Thailand can take between 10 to 28 days depending
on the postal service and area so please be patient.
Thai post only insures for loss and not
I WILL NOT SHIP TO SPAIN
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!
Thai post will not ship to Brazil or the
Russian Federation so I can only use EMS which
is about double my shipping quote but around 7-10 days
I try my best to bring
you unique and sometimes very rare items, I
travel to many out of the way places where there
are no hotels, its normally my bike, sleeping
a tree and lots of mosquito's, to bring you
these pieces. I can sell you an item, wrap it as
carefully as I can and then ship it to you. I
cannot control what Thai post charges for
shipping or tell you the exact time it takes to
arrive to you and can only give you a rough
idea from past dealings, I have no control what
so ever over any postal service's or U.S. customs.
I use bubble wrap and peanuts to cushion each
item from possible mishandling during shipping.
If for any reason, the item is broken, please
email within 24 hours along withpictures of the
broken item, original box inside and outside.
I try to take good
photo's with different angles, I also put all
the information I know about the piece on the
page including Height, Width and Weight, I also state clearly at the bottom of the
page what it will cost me to ship it to you, I
do not charge for the box and wrapping which is
also expensive here as it has to be imported.
Everything you need
to know is here on the page, if you disagree
with these conditions go elsewhere. There are many
new buyers now on taking advantage of good
honest sellers leaving negative response and low
DSR's for vindictive reasons.
10 -28 Days
10 -20 Days £25.00
I can ship land sea for half
the price with tracking number but up to 8 weeks
plus for delivery.
Thank you for looking.
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Sepik River Hill Tribe Skull/food Hook Carved Wood Shaman Figure: $85