Sometime ago I met a girl who had the most stunning tattoo of a decapitated robot's head on her arm. It may have been an Egyptian robot's head, but it was simply stunning. I recall there were wires and bits of metal coming out of its neck.

The girl did say it was quite a famous and well-known sci-fi art picture but I am unable to find a copy of it anywhere.

Does this ring any bells with anyone at all?

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    A robot head, like the one Kai is holding in this picture?
    – user14111
    Aug 30, 2015 at 5:50
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    Thanks but no , the picture (from memory) was very detailed , I recall there were wires and bits of metal coming out of its neck and I think it was some sort of Egyptian robot head .
    – Dr W
    Aug 30, 2015 at 8:03
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    Could be something based on H R Giger's work. Can't search for specific examples right now, so not posting as an answer.
    – Cylindric
    Aug 30, 2015 at 9:09
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    The nationality of your "Girl With the Robot Tatoo" might help, too.
    – Joe L.
    Aug 30, 2015 at 12:38
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    Ohh - that would make a great name for a mystery novel! Aug 30, 2015 at 12:59

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Arguably, the most famous decapitated robot (technically, android) head in science fiction is that of Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation:

Close up of the prop for Data's head, a pale human android head with a metal socket on the bottom and a couple of wires

In the original question, you wrote, "The girl did say it was quite famous and well-known..." and in the in the comments you wrote, "...the picture (from memory) was very detailed, I recall there were wires and bits of metal coming out of its neck..." Data fits that bill on both counts.

As seen in the episode "Time's Arrow":

The head, as above, on a covered surface as shown in the show

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    @DrW : If this is not the droid you're looking for, let me know.
    – Praxis
    Jan 30, 2016 at 5:53
  • The gold eyes and metallic skin fit the "Egyptian" appearance, to me. I hope this is it.
    – user31178
    Jan 30, 2016 at 6:23

Egyptian robot head from a famous StF work? It has to be Stargate. Check out the guard helmets:

stargate guard helmet view from the front left, profile, rear and front showing its Anubis style design with the cat/dog like shaped head and long pointed ears

  • What's StF? Did you mean SF for sci-fi?
    – RedCaio
    Jan 30, 2016 at 19:39
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    – Broklynite
    Jan 30, 2016 at 23:22
  • But I've only ever seen it written stf, it's scientifiction not ScientiFiction, so StF looks weird.
    – user14111
    Aug 28, 2020 at 10:42

Heavy metal band, Iron Maiden's legendary, Eddie the Head. Eddie's head is often disembodied and a lot of their cover art has Egyptian stuff on them. In custom artwork such as a tattoo, I'd expect all sorts of wires and bits of metal coming out of his neck, as is the norm for depictions of him in fan art.

Eddie assumes a different guise relating to the themes of individual albums and their corresponding world tours, and has appeared as a cyborg, an Egyptian mummy and a lobotomised mental patient amongst others. –Wiki

Close up of a tattoo of Eddie with wraps around his skull face and his teeth bared chewing on a metal chain Somewhere Back in Time cover showing a futuristic Eddie blasting through a pyramid with a cyborg fitment on his head and a blaster in one hand, at the front sits an Egyptian statue styled like Eddie


Cybermen from Doctor Who

A well-known robot that has often been seen with a severed head could be the Cybermen from Doctor Who. Below are some examples:

A Classic Doctor Who Cyberman-head from "Death in Heaven":

A Cyberman-head on paving stones outside, it has been torn off of the body and the top right of its head has been caved in revealing wiring and circuitry underneath

A Classic Doctor Who Cyberman-head from "Dalek":

Close up of a Cyberman-head in a glass display case with wires coming out of the bottom of it

Handles, the Cyber-head from "The Time of The Doctor":

The Doctor and Clara look across at each other in front of a severed Cyberman-head that is mounted on an instrument in the TARDIS, wires stick out from the neck and it is cracked in various places revealing a blue light just above the left eye

The Cyberman-head from "The Pandorica Opens":

A Cyberman-head on the floor of a dark area with long cables sticking out the bottom of its neck


Battle Droids from Star Wars I-III

The Battle Droids, first seen in The Phantom Menace, look Egyptian with their long necks, thin heads, and markings. The back of the head resembles a pharaoh's turban. Battle droid heads are often severed during combat, especially when facing the Jedi.

  • Compare a Battle droid with Anubis:

    Battle droid on the left, thin humanoid robot with a backpack on and antenna coming out of it holding a blaster, it has a long thin neck and a ant eater shaped narrow head. An Anubis on the right: humanoid, slightly more muscular with an Egyptian headrests on and cat-like face in a similar style to the battle droid with two large pointy ears

  • Severed Battle Droid head with wires sticking out:

    A close up on a battle droids severed head with a whole bunch of wires sticking up out of the bottom of the neck

  • Battle Droid head close up (the eyes especially look Egyptian to me):

    A head on and side view close up on the head with no neck, the eyes are black ovals with an strip missing out of the middle to give two semi-circles together


Well, there's IMHO nothing that looks Egyptian here, but Ash's head in Alien definitely has those wires you're mentioning, and that's for sure, a decapitated robot's head.

Ash's head covered in a white slime-like substance in the floor with wires going over to his decapitated body lying next to him

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