This offering in the Adelaide museum from 1934 looks like an effective weapon doesn’t it? Those Papua New Guinean head hunters certainly knew how to keep their potential trophies from getting damaged before they had a chance to shrink them!
Head Hunters Weapon for Surprise Attack.
Noose around the head, tight around the neck and a quick jab in the back of the neck. Not really a nice way to go.
Having caught animals with a catching pole before though, I have to say it is not as simple as it looks.
I can’t imagine it being too easy to get this spiked version over the head you covet without doing it some kind of damage.
I wonder if this is an actual weapon or just an interesting artifact?
A search for headhunters weapons mostly returned images of heavy clubs. After all if you’re going to shrink them you don’t need the skull to remain intact do you.
As a child I remember being taken to the Melbourne Museum to see an exhibition of historical medicine and witchcraftery. Ok, that isn’t what it was called but you know what I mean.
One of the exhibits that day was a darkened operating theatre set-up complete with tools for hacking off limbs, a table designed to drain blood, a screaming soundtrack and, of course, rivers of fake blood.
I still remember that excursion happily and fondly remember that day being where I saw my very first real-life shrunken heads.
Ahhhh…. Memories… 😉