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standing male figure holding a human head
  • unknown Ifugao maker
  • standing male figure holding a human head, 1950s
  • Where object was made: Ifugao, Philippines
  • wood, cloth, staining, carving, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 59.5 x 24 x 31 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 23 3/8 x 9 7/16 x 12 3/16 in
  • Gift of the Olga E. and Lt. Colonel Raymond H. Hollis family
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, C7
  • 2007.3126.a,b
Label Text

The man standing on a rock-like base (2007.3126.a) is holding a human head by the hair in his left hand and a long knife (2007.3126.b) in his right. Both hands are by his hips. The standing figure wears a hat-like covering on the back of his head, and his earlobes have been lengthened. The headless body of his victim lays prone on the rock-like base, his legs bent strangely, and the arms bent in front of him. A dog is eating from the neck. The prone figure is naked, but the standing figure has a woven cloth wrapped around his waist and right thigh. The cloth has yellow, orange, green and red stripes and the ends are fringed.