"Authentic" shrunken head up for auction


25 Responses to “"Authentic" shrunken head up for auction”

  1. Anonymous says:

    With thirty seconds of effort googling shrunken heads, you can see this is a fake.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i have one of these over here. no monkey head. just a sculpture of a head, made from animal skin. bright parts and structures are shaved. the skin is quite stiff.

    animal, yes. animal skin.

    head, yes. head sculpture.


  3. ice2cu says:

    They had a collection of shrunken heads at the Mineral Museum at Penn State(http://www.ems.psu.edu/outreach/museum). I still don’t know why this was the proper museum for them, but it made a good field trip from History class in the next building!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Bet a DIYbio hacker could pull some DNA off it and tell you what animal it is!

  5. Ripples says:

    I’ve sold a couple of these on ebay years ago. They’re made of sheep hide and hair. You find them in baskets in Ecuadorean souvenir shops for about $10 each. They’re great conversation starters.

    • Jack says:

      Sample Conversation Starting:
      A) Welcome to my apartment!
      B) Oh, delightful!
      A) Have you seen my shrunken head?
      B) Why no, may I?
      A) You may! And here it is!
      B) Oh, my! This is truly a marvel!
      A) Indeed.
      B) Yes.
      A) …
      B) Okay, well I have to go now.
      A) Goodbye!

  6. ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive says:

    Sorry, I’ve already got one. I got mine on ebay for $40, although you can get rougher looking ones there for as low as $5. Gafftastic!

  7. Beanolini says:

    The word ‘authentic’ really should be banned. It is meaningless.

    In this context, it’s an underhand way of implying ‘genuine’, despite the fact that this is not a shrunken human head, probably not a shrunken head, and possibly not actually a head.

  8. nanuq says:

    The only authentic shrunken heads are made by Jivaro Indians. Accept no substitutes.


  9. Yossarian says:

    The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford has real shrunken heads. It’s a bit of a crazy place, absolutely stuffed to the rafters with items from all over the world, in one room.

  10. Mitch says:

    Oh my god that’s Chaka!

  11. fxq says:

    Once again, I am in the wrong business!

  12. glamaFez says:

    Poor Chewie.

  13. The Lizardman says:

    If you like shrunken heads, the display at the Ripleys in NYC is a must see. When I worked their grand opening a couple years ago it was purportedly the largest collection on display anywhere, regardless, it is still one of my favorite portions of the collection and I visit it whenever I return there.

  14. Ugly Canuck says:

    Auctioneer (at start of bidding): Head’s up!

  15. emo hex says:

    When I was younger you could see a couple of real shrunken heads at the Chicago Museum of Natural History, (One with red hair if I’m not mistaken) years later I went back to see them and they had been removed, It was not PC to display real dead artifacts anymore, or maybe the relatives didn’t like the public seeing their little kin.

  16. stexe says:

    Last I checked (a year or two ago) the American Museum of Natural History in NYC still had theirs on display, and they’re some beauties. Three humans and one monkey, if I remember correctly.

    I’m pretty sure this one is goat skin, as that’s what all of the high-quality heads coming out of Ecuador seem to be made of.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hey would anyone know how much a real shrunken human head from Ecuador go for?
    I have 2 as far as I know they’ve been in the family for the last 45 years but I think is time to let go.

  18. Halloween Jack says:

    Last I heard, the Pink Palace museum in Memphis still had one as the centerpiece of their collection (literally; when you walked in the center hall, the head was right there in a case).

  19. redstarr says:

    The eyelashes and brows don’t look very authentic to me. It looks old, but made to fool. Probably a sideshow piece or made for tourists.

  20. forgeweld says:

    I was about to tip you to the great collection at the Field Museum in Chicago, that I spent many hours grokking,starting at age five, but found this on the museum website:

    Why were the shrunken heads from South America taken off display?
    The shrunken heads from the Shuara (Jivaro) culture of lowland Ecuador were taken off display when the South America Hall was recently converted into the new Museum store.


  21. Moriarty says:

    The Vanderbilt Museum on Long Island also has real shrunken heads.

  22. Jack says:

    Looks like a small monkey head shaved to look human. Look up “Tamarin” and see what I mean.

  23. Anonymous says:

    oh man — i work RIGHT down the road from red baron’s. wonder if the lil’ guy’s on display? i should try to pay him a visit (and take pics, if allowed)!

    oh, and my vote’s on “shaved monkey head” too.

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