Object Name: Chuli/Duli

Provenance: Bontok
Snake vertebrae
L 76 cm
MK Collection

The chuli/duli is a headdress made of snake vertebrae. Used exclusively by married Bontoc women, it is usually worn together with the fukas/bukas to secure their hair. Aside from serving as an ornament, the chuli/duli is also said to have healing powers and can serve as an amulet against spells, poisons, and evil spirits (Vanoverbergh 1929, 214-242).

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