House of Shrunken Heads
Shrunken Head Gallery III
This head is unusual in that its lips are pinned shut
as well as tied shut. Typically, pins are removed
from the lips of a tsantsa at the time the lips are tied.
Here's an old photo of another tsantsa with pinned lips.
This interesting photo uses a ruler to give a sense of scale
to this tiny four inch shrunken head.
Here is another specimen of fine Jivaro craftsmanship.
The skin of this tsantsa was blackened by charcoal. This
procedure, as well as the tying of the lips, was designed
to imprison the victim's spirit within the head.
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