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South America, Ecuador or Peru, Jivaro, ca. 1900 CE. A shrunken head from the Jivaro people who are known for head-hunting raids as well as shrinking heads. Jivaroan tribes known for headhunting practices include the Achuar, Shuar, Aguaruna, and Huambisa of Ecuador and Peru. Shrinking a head was thought to capture the spirit of the enemy and prevent the soul from avenging his death. In addition, leaders would use shrunken heads to frighten their enemies - serving as an intimidating warning. The heads were also created for feasts and ceremonies to celebrate the tribe's victories. During the 19th century, Jivaro shrunken heads became popular among European and Americans, and the shrunken heads became objects of morbid curiosity. The practice of head shrinking was eventually banned due to its ghastly nature. Size: 2.25" L x 1.875" W x 2.875" H (5.7 cm x 4.8 cm x 7.3 cm); 4" H (10.2 cm) on included custom stand. 7.375" H (18.7 cm) including glass cover for stand.

A Jivaro shrunken head sold for NLG 76,375 at Christie's Amsterdam - 29 May 2001, Lot 371.

Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA, acquired from Glenn Howard, Director of Real Shrunken Heads, LTD

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Expected age wear and dessication. Comes with glass domed display stand.
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Ca. 1900 South American Jivaro Shrunken Head

Estimate $8,000 - $12,000Oct 03, 2019
Starting Price $4,000
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