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Probably Atayal peoples
Hand-spun fibre and wool
An old handwritten inscription on the back of a calling card for ‘Dr Maxwell’ reading: ‘waistband for dress of savages in Formosa. Full dress – as a rule they dress in skins or are half-naked’
Size: 152 cm long, 5 cm wide – 60 ins long 2 ins wide
Ex Jamaica Inn Museum, Bolventor, Cornwall
Taiwanese aboriginal peoples are closely related to the Malay peoples of Austronesian descent of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Han Chinese from the Ming and Qing dynasties loosely divided them into two groups: 'cooked' that is civilised plains aboriginals, and 'raw' meaning wild high mountain aboriginals.
The Highland tribes were renowned for their skill in headhunting which was regarded as a symbol of bravery and valour. The heads were boiled and left to dry hanging in trees or on head shelves. The last groups to practice headhunting were the Paiwan, Bunun and Atayal groups. Japanese rule ended the practice by 1930 but the highland tribes had been little known until the European and American explorers and missionaries had begun seeking them out in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Earlier, Chinese merchants, using the plains aborigines as interpreters, traded with them for the camphor wood in the forests, cloth, pelts and meat in exchange for iron and matchlock rifles. Their woven textiles were prized for their quality and artistry and in turn the highland tribes prized the traded iron for the making of their long curved sabres used for decapitating their enemies.
|Height||152.00 cm||(59.84 inches)|