Bound Peruvian Skull Replica

$216.00

Bound Peruvian Skull replica is dated over 2000 years old, this grossly deformed skull originates from the Paracas region of Peru. The practice of head binding to create an elongated skull and trephination date back nearly 9000 years.

Description

Bound Peruvian Skull Replica measures 7.25 inches. Bound Peruvian Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in the USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Conical-shaped cranium of ancient Peru. This is a sculpture made from the original skull. Our precise replica can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor, or office décor.

The act of elongating the skull was achieved by binding the head of a child with cloth, rope and boards. As the child’s skull grew and developed, it would elongate. Artificial cranial deformation or modification, head flattening, or head binding is a form of body alteration in which the skull of a human being is deformed intentionally. It is done by distorting the normal growth of a child’s skull by applying force. Flat shapes, elongated ones (produced by binding between two pieces of wood), rounded ones (binding in cloth), and conical ones are among those chosen or valued in various cultures.

The Bound Peruvian Skull replica is dated over 2000 years old, this grossly deformed skull originates from the Paracas region of Peru. The practice of head binding to create an elongated skull and trephination date back nearly 9000 years.

Dated over 2,000 years old, this skull is an extreme example of binding and elongation. Cranial binding is the shaping of the skull when a child is very young, usually an infant. This wrapping is often done with rope or cloth by itself or against a wooden board. This results in the misshaping, flattening, in this case, elongation. This wrapping or binding, is thought to be the oldest form of body modification, dating back 9,000 years. This particular skull replica is from Peru.

Trephination was the surgical process of removing a section of skull. This is thought to have been performed to relieve pressure caused by the binding process or to allow access to the brain.

It was not clear how these operations were performed until a complete surgical kit was discovered, including obsidian knives, spatulas made from sperm whale teeth, cotton balls, bandages, thread and needles. Surprisingly, patients survived these primitive surgeries as is evident by the healed bone edges.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 7.25 in
Paracas Culture Facts:

The area around Paracas was once home to the Paracas culture, an important prehistoric civilization that existed between approximately 800 BCE and 200 BCE.