photographic print(black and white)
- Museum number
Photograph (black and white); a design of white patterns on a black rendered background; a human figure in the centre.
Gelatin silver print.
- Production date
Height: 11.90 centimetres
Width: 8.55 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The designs in this image are originally from decorations on headhunter horns made from bamboo which are in the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden.
It is currently believed that headhunter horns were sounded on a return from a succussful headhunting. In some cases their victims were killed and decapitated at the spot. Howvere, at other times the enemies were taken prisoner and killed on the journey back at particular river mouths according to custom. At this point, the horns were sounded as an act to portray the voice of the soul of the decease for which they were seeking revenge.
The 3070-232 number inscribed on the image refers to the Object number at the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden.
The headhunter horn of which this pattern is from was one of many objects collected by Dr S. Kooijman (Curator of Oceania at Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden) in 1953/4 during fieldwork at the mission of Merauke.
- Not on display
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 3070-232 (Object number: Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden)