Ancestor skull "ndambirkus"

Ref : Asmat 10

Ancestor skull ndambirkus Polished ancestor skull, the lower jawbone tightly attached to the skull with a woven rattan band, the eye-sockets filled with beeswax and inlaid with the red seeds of the crab's eye vine (Abrus precatorius) marking the pupils and the nose and earings with grey seeds of job's-tear  grass (Coix lacryma-jobi), hand band of natural fiber to hang the skull around the neck as protection.
The skull of a treasured ancestor was treated with outmost respect, dressed in a ceremonial manner and kept in a secure place it was often used as a pillow.

Estimated age : 1950-1960