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Headcloth
RMV 1759-31
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Headcloth made of barkcloth to be worn by a man. Although many of these headcloths ended up in museum collections, this piece is special since we know that the the person who wore it must have been someone of high status. Human figures are depicted on it and that was only allowed for men who participated in ten or more headhunting raids. By dr Pieter ter Keurs, Curator Insular Southeast Asian Collections, Leiden.

History of the Object
Unknown

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Barkcloth 
Measurements
96 x 96 cm 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia, Sulawesi, Tengah 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
Before 1911 
Function
For ceremonial use 
Acquisition
Purchased by the museum in 1911 from Dr. A.C. Kruyt, a great specialist in decorated barkcloth from Sulawesi. Kruyt wrote, together with N. Adriani, a few important books on Central Sulawesi. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Netherlands 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde 
Credit line
National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, the Netherlands 

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