Fine and Rare Ifugao Headhunter's Back Pack Inabnutan


Luzon, Philippines, probably before 1900 and likely brought back from the 1899 Insurrection. Comprised of a finely woven rectangular section basket, 14" wide with elegant recurved finely bound top and mounted with braided cane shoulder straps. 25" total height. The back with a separately attached cover of eight ranks of palm fiber on a finely woven base, to protect the basket from rain. Aside from headhunting, the Ifugao are known for their superb quality basket work, which when kept in the traditional stilt houses which were unvented, acquired a fine dark smoky patina. The basket work here is representative of the best of that work. These baskets were worn for hunting as well as heading raids. Heads were taken and highly prized, being displayed for all to see. Generally, it is considered that taking a head consigned its owner to servitude in the afterlife to the taker.

Item ID: FNS9631

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Fine and Rare Ifugao Headhunter's Back Pack Inabnutan

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