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Traces of red ochre to the base
SIZE: 14cm high, 14.5cm wide, 17.5cm deep – 5½ ins high, 5¾ ins wide, 7 ins deep
P Asquith, Yorkshire
New Britain is made up of a large number of relatively independent village communities, comparable with those in the New Guinea mainland. The first anthropologist to live with and study the people was Richard Heinrich Robert Parkinson. In his book ‘Thirty Years in the South Seas’ 1907, he refers to a skull cult in New Britain which is a separate and distinct practice from the making of partial skull masks. He states ‘skulls of wealthy people, who have a lot of ‘tabu’ are exhumed after a certain time, placed on a frame and ceremonies take place. However, this has absolutely nothing to do with skull masks.’