- Museum number
Neck ornament made of the top of a human skull, carved as a figure, with arms and legs and polished. The eyes are inlaid with haliotis shell and there is a hole drilled for suspension, through which a plaited loop of flax cord is attached, which was possibly dyed red.
Height: 12.50 centimetres
Width: 10.80 centimetres
Depth: 4.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Composite object. Modified human remains. No record of research. Repatriation claim received 2004.
Assessment by Caroline Cartwright, Science Group, CDS, BM, Sept 2006 confirms bone is human.
Notes from Puawai Cairns 17 October 2012: There is a copy of this ornament in New Zealand's National Museum in Wellington - Te Papa Tongarewa - see her blog for more information: http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2011/10/27/more-stories-than-you-can-shake-a-tokotoko-at/#comments
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Acquisition details unknown.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc????D19.156 (old CDMS no.)