Bertrand Flornoy with shrunken head
Bertrand Flornoy
Originally uploaded by scorzonera.

Seeing the post referring to replica shrunken heads for sale on ebay in the excellent Kircher Society blog on Monday reminded me of a quote from a Maori tattooist in Skin and Ink magazine several years ago.

“How you would you feel if you were a Maori visiting Seattle and you saw some punk kid walking down the street with your grandmother’s Moko on his chin?”

Given the ongoing, global campaign to return looted body parts currently housed in museums to their homelands, there must be quite a few people who find this kind of novelty item offensive.

If I had the urge to have a novelty item based on the human head in the house, at least I’d want it to be something useful.

Enjoy your meringue.


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