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Human skull from Sarawak, Borneo, carved with Kayan designs. A trophy of war, or of successful raids. Patterns are predominantly floral motifs, though the forehead bears a stylized vulval image (a similar specimen is on display in the Asian Civilization Museum Singapore). The purpose of these traditional carvings is unclear. Recent facsimile skulls often use a deeper contemporary "Aso" dragon carving style which was not used while headhunting was common practice in Borneo.
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