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Buy Some Authentic Human Trophy Skulls Online

by Tracy Vanity

Tribal Arts Asia is selling some impressive human skulls online, including Tibetan ritual skull cap bowls.

So where did these skulls come from? According to their site which is annoyingly in all caps but informative:

THE IFUGAO TRIBE, FROM THE PHILIPPINES, PLACE HEAD HUNTED
HUMAN TROPHY SKULLS OUTSIDE OF THEIR HUTS, AS WELL AS,
MOUNT THEM OVER THEIR HEARTHS INSIDE OF THEIR HOMES.

THE DAYAK, IFUGAO, AND NAGA HUMAN SKULLS ARE HEAD HUNTING TROPHIES.
THE ASMAT, VANUATU, AND PALAWAN HUMAN SKULLS ARE ALSO CONSIDERED
“ANCESTOR” SKULLS. THE DIFFERENCE IS; HEAD HUNTED SKULLS
ARE ACQUIRED FROM ENEMY VICTIMS!

ANCESTOR SKULLS ARE COLLECTED AND VENERATED TO REMEMBER
DECEASED FAMILY MEMBERS. THE IFUGAO COLLECT BONES OF DEAD
RELATIVES; WRAP THEM IN TRIBAL TEXTILES, AND STORE THEM IN THE
RAFTERS UNDER THEIR HUTS. HUMAN SKULLS AND SKULL CAPS FROM
NEPAL ARE RITUAL OFFERTORY VESSELS THAT ARE USED AS
DRINKING CUPS IN TIBETAN BUDDHIST CEREMONIES.

Prices range from $2800 – $8500 depending on the skull. Seems a bit cheap for a human skull but I’m not really privy to how much human skulls typically go for. Some of them are very beautifully decorated.

You can check out the skull galleries here, here, and here That’s a lot of skulls and who knows just how this company acquired them…you don’t just walk up to some cannibal tribe and ask to buy a trophy skull…or do you?

4 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Wow, you actually got them to give you some prices. I am a collector of both skulls and ethnographic items, yet never received any response from them concerning prices when I contacted them.

    January 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    • They were very friendly and helpful and said if I had a particular skull I wanted to purchase, they would happily inform me of the price. They even put me on their mailing list. Perhaps try contacting them again?

      February 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

      • j moho

        I have a Kapala skull that I picked up in Northern Nepal about 30 years ago that I’m interested in selling. Have not seriously looked into how to put it up for sale, as it not permitted on Ebay or other auction sites. Please contact me if you would like to see some photos. I am located in the western US ichimo23@yahoo.com

        March 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  2. Doc

    I have a decorated Kapala skull, I bought in Kathmandu in 1992. At the time, I bought it from a street vendor and recall stacks of them lines up on the street in a pile. As a student at the time, I didn’t spend a lot of money (less than $5). I consider mine very ornately decorated, but there were some that were far more exquisite in their designs. I don’t really know if these still sell so openly any longer

    March 17, 2014 at 8:39 pm

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