Huge AKUSAN belt, BONTOC/IGOROT, Philippines, 2nd half 20th century
Fantastic object, this huge belt named AKUSAN, of the BONTOC/IGOROT tribe from the north of the Luzon island in the Philippines. This belt, worn by a Bontoc woman, consists of a handwoven band of indigo painted linen cloth, laced with gigantic conus shells, small shells and eight pieces of animal bone. Before 1950, in times when the Bontoc and Ifugao were still headhunters, human thigh bone was used.
This Aksun is the biggest of its type and with slight traces of use and aging, it is in good condition.
Length: approx. 172 cm
Part with shells and bone pieces: approx. 100 cm
Weight: 1615 grams
Origin: Talubin, Bontoc, Luzon, Philippines
Date: 2nd half 20th century