Dating back to the early 19th century, this is a decorated human skull from the Solomon Islands!
The skull is adorned with circular cut tridacna clam shells, which were also used as currency by the local peoples.
This incredibly rare skull was a formal part of the Prehistoria Museum collection, but has been deaccessioned and offered to the public to raise funds for exhibit upgrades. It was acquired from a distinguished ethnographic collection in the United States and would make an incredible addition to any museum-quality or research collection.
It was originally in the collection of Löed Van Bussel and Els Verhey, a partnership of two very prolific and very well known collectors of South Pacific tribal art.
We can ship this skull to respectful homes worldwide, anywhere the ownership of human osteology is legal.
**Please note: We do not take the ownership of human remains lightly, and neither should you. These are not "oddities", they were once living people and deserve to be treated with respect and appreciation for what they are and who they were. We have the right to refuse sales to anyone, or any organization, we suspect would not honour these specimens with the dignity they deserve.**