- Museum number
Human scalp mounted on wood ring, bound with quillwork, and with quill decoration; painted red underneath.
- Production date
- 1750-1850 (Previous owner died 1878)
Height: 2.50 centimetres
Width: 21 centimetres
Depth: 41 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Found unnumbered in North America collections; means and date of acquisition uncertain. Ex-Blackmore Collection. Register addition "Eastern Woodlands".
see JCH King `First peoples, First Contacts' British Museum Press, 1999; see JCH King `Thunderbird and Lightning' BMP Ltd 1982;
This is likely to be very much earlier than Blackmore - the quilling technique for the hoop had disappeared by the time Blackmore was collecting. Much more likely is that it is from the Sloane collection: see per James Delbourgo:
HUMANA CATALOGUE, Natural History Museum:
'1. Part of the hairy Scalp of a West Indian tann’d with black Lank hair fastened to a small round hoop. perhaps part of that of an Indian killd in warr. vid. Hennepin?'
In this context west indies includes what is now Canada and the US. JCHK 14 4 10.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1982-1987 Jun-Jan, Museum of Mankind, Thunderbird and Lightning: Indian Life in North America, 1600-1900
2010 6 Jan-5 Apr, British Museum, Room 91, Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number