Thursday, May 24, 2007

Artist Head was Offered to a Museum

Yes that is right the artist, Ted Dewan, offered to pay to have his head shrunk and then placed in the Oxford University's Pitt Rivers Museum.

The museum already has a collection of shrunken heads (10 of them to be exact) from South America. Artist and children's writer, Ted Dewan, has told the museum that he will leave a shrunken head in his will to the museum as long as the original collection is returned. The museum has rejected the offer. This has brought up the question once again, should human remains be put on display? History Museum in London recently returned the 19th century remains of aboriginal people from Tasmania for repatriation following a lengthy campaign by community leaders. The Pitt Rivers Museum is an anthropological facility, with a collection of over 2,000 human remains (SWEET).