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 and power.

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.

The 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 ‘crocodile men.

The 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.

As 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 layer.

PLEASE NOTE

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 these pieces, 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 turning up.

SIZE

Height: 25 inches...64cm.

Width: 5 inches...13cm.

Weight: 1.6 kilo.

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PAYPAL ONLY

READ THIS BEFORE YOU offer:

The Thai 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.

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 damage.

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 delivery.

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 bag, 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.

US & CANADA...Airmail 10 -28 Days $45.00

EUROPE...Airmail 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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