This is a large Clan Marked Skull Rack the Sowash People of the Sepik River Region in Papua New Guinea. These racks were used to display trophy skulls within the men's ceremonial houses. Agiba or rack depict important ancestors, often the mythical founders of village clans. Each clan owned one or two agiba which were kept in the clan's allotted space within the ceremonial house. The skulls of slain enemies were hung from the agiba with loops of rattan. As time passed, a platform was often constructed in front of the agiba to support the weight of the growing pile of skulls. Together with its skulls, the agiba was both a shrine and a source of supernatural power. The displays of trophy skulls were also status symbols, which marked the clan's prowess in warfare and headhunting. A rafe and Fabulous old skull rack that would be a great addition to your home or collection.
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Shows age and Natural Wear
Collectors Item and Rare
76 Inches Tall
15 Inches Wide
1 Inch Thick
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