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Ceremonial headdress with a human skull, Nepal, 1701-1900

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Human bones are ritually used, like in this skull headdress, to help people understand that death is not something to be feared. This is a Buddhist religious custom. The headdress was probably used in a religious ceremony.

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Glossary: human remains

term created as part of the NMSI human remains policy (from April 2007); Other terms used are 'blood' and 'human hair'

Glossary: headdress

Any element of clothing worn on one's head. especially an ornamental attire for the head worn by women.