A human shrunken head or tsantsa that had been used for ceremonial purposes.  The pegs inserted through the lips to contain the avenging spirit or muisak are easily visible.  The size at the completion of the shrinking process is about that of a human fist, as can be seen in the photo.
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A human shrunken head or tsantsa that had been used for ceremonial purposes. The pegs inserted through the lips to contain the avenging spirit or muisak are easily visible. The size at the completion of the shrinking process is about that of a human fist, as can be seen in the photo.

Filename: 505036.tif
Photographer: James L. Castner
Source: Visuals Unlimited, Inc.
Date: 2 Feb 2011
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Credit: Dr. James L. Castner/Visuals Unlimited, Inc.
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