Some family portraits

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Some family portraits
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The following 'portraits' are all from the one display case in the Pacific Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum. This display case contains artefacts from the Sepik River region of Papua New Guinea.

The heads are memorials to deceased family. These are not 'shrunken heads'. They are made by moulding a replica of the deceased person's face over the skull (the de-fleshing process is not described), then decorated. They are then given an "honoured place in the house".

These were covered over for some years while the museum worked its way through ethics and cultural sensitivities issues. I was very pleased to find them uncovered again when I wandered in there earlier in the week.

This woman is wearing 2 grass skirts, 2 necklaces made of dog's teeth, a string bag and a small human effigy called a Kalot.

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