Stone-Carved Primate Skull

Stone, 7"L x 5"H

A remarkable sculpture of a primate skull probably from Borneo, likely serving a ceremonial purpose for head-hunting rituals. Similar examples of carved human skulls are found throughout tribal Indonesian cultures but primate images appear less common. Probably 19th century or earlier. On a custom-built stand.

Provenance: Reportedly from the collection of a Dutch colonialist stationed in Singapore in the early 20th century

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