19th C. Philippine Bontoc Tankil Boar's Tusk Armband with Human Hair
19th C. Philippine Bontoc Tankil/ Abkil Boar's Tusk Armband, Headhunting Emblem
Origin: N. Philippines, (Provenance: Field Collected by Bill Galvin in the early 1980's)
Period/Date: At least early 20th century, likely 19th C.
Materials: Boars Tusk, Human Hair, rattan, wood, fiber
Description: This archaic "Tankil" features dual stacked boars tusks. There are four different rattan weaving techniques in its construction, showing that it has seen generations of use having been mended and reinforced over time! The wooden figure is brute in style and was once the handle of a food spoon which the victim carried with him in the field. The warrior incorporated a tuft of "human hair" from the victim which also has part of his scalp! This armband would have been a very prestigious emblem of power worn on the upper arm. It would have afforded him high status and offered protection to him, his family and village. It has an "advanced" use patina seldom ever seen. In good condition with some gnawing on the upper sides of the figure's head. Some old flaking and lifting on the edges of the tusks. A rare authentic example from an infamous headhunting culture.
Dimensions: Overall length 6 5/8” (17 cm), width 4.5” (11.5 cm)