An exhibition to get your head around
(JB) From the Neanderthals to the Terminator, an array of 250 human heads and skulls is on public display in an eerie exhibition just over the Luxembourg border in Germany.
The Skull – Icon. Myth. Cult. exhibition opened to the public last month at the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks, near Saarbrücken.
The unrivalled collection explores the fascination with the human head across cultures, dating as far back to the Stone age.
Many of the skulls on display come from the 19th Century collection of Gabriel von Max, now owned by the Mannheim Reiss-Engelhorn Museums.
The oldest exhibit is the skull of a Neanderthal from the district Mayen-Koblenz, which was probably used 170,000 years ago as a drinking cup.
In addition to an ancient Egyptian plaster mask and numerous African trophy skulls, are skulls from Oceanic and American cultures.
Not only was it a practice by primitive people to decorate and worship the skulls of ancestors, but Christians in Central Europe were also fascinated by the human skull.
In addition to these ritualistic skulls are props from movies, including Indiana Jones and the Kingdon of the Crystal Skull, Alien and Terminator.
The exhibition continues until April 23, 2016. To find out more, visit www.voelklinger-huette.org
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