Believe It or Not!
Does anyone remember the scene from Silence of the Lambs where Hannibal Lector rips the face off the police officer and puts it on his face? … yeah, ahm … enough said.
So, What Do We Know About This Beauty?
- The head is Asiatic, 20th century, origin unknown, but possibly Russian-Mongolian.
- Theory is the maker was someone (Russian) who was aware of genuine Shuar- Jivaro heads , but didn’t know how to make one….possibly a “science experiment”… possibly meant to be a human skin mask.
- The other similar one (which Ripley’s also owns), minus the snake skin, has very similar skin texture, and hair color, possibly created by the same person? (both appear to have been poorly butchered)
- The one with the snake is probably a composite—the snake skin not being part of the original.
Alexander Wassiliewitsch Barchenko … Ring a Bell? Anyone?
The respective expedition was led by the biologist and parapsychologist Alexander Wassiliewitsch Barchenko (1881 – 1938), who principally became known for his studies on semi-mythic advanced civilisations such as Atlantis and Hyperborea.
Shrunken Heads in Central Asia?
These are the only two heads we have ever seen suggesting someone other than the Shuar of Ecuador shrunk human heads, but because there is no back to them, probably best to call them shrunken faces!
Important to note, there are no mouth strings, or sewing of any sort, and appear to have been “ripped off” rather than cut and peeled. Believe It or Not!