Tattooed heads from Maori people (New Zealand). Tattoos were made ante-mortem, as a visible biography of the individual, and post-mortem, as an enhancement of the commercial value of such mummified heads for occidental collectors.
Philippe Charlier, MD, PhD, LittD, is a forensic practitioner and anthropologist. He works on representations of the human bodies, and rituals related to diseases and death. He loves words, and more.