Shrunken head decoration of beetle elytra and hair

Made:
before 1919 in South America

String of beetle elytra, with tuft of human hair at distal end, for decorating shrunken head, South American

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A27677
Materials:
human hair and insect shell
type:
pendant
taxonomy:
  • human remains
credit:
Wellcome Trust