Mourning ceremonial skull

Made:
1871-1920 in Andaman and Nicobar
maker:
Andamanese people

Human skull, no lower mandible, with carrying band decorated with shells, ceremonial, worn as sign of mourning and in order to cure pain and disease, from Andaman Islands, India, 1871-1920

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A175420
Materials:
bark, bone, fibre, shell and teeth, ivory
type:
skulls
taxonomy:
credit:
Wellcome Trust