Sometime ago I met a girl who had the most stunning tattoo of a decapitated robot's head on her arm. It may of 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 '15 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 '15 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 '15 at 9:09
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    The nationality of your "Girl With the Robot Tatoo" might help, too. – Joe L. Aug 30 '15 at 12:38
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    Ohh - that would make a great name for a mystery novel! – James McLeod Aug 30 '15 at 12:59

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

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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":

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    @DrW : If this is not the droid you're looking for, let me know. – Praxis Jan 30 '16 at 5:53
  • The gold eyes and metallic skin fit the "Egyptian" appearance, to me. I hope this is it. – user31178 Jan 30 '16 at 6:23
  • I didn't mean to upvote your answer, but it somehow got locked-in so... I guess you have a +1 from me :) – RedCaio Jan 31 '16 at 2:56
  • @RedCaio : Upvotes get locked in after 5 seconds. If you really don't want to upvote my answer, simply edit the answer slightly and that will unlock your vote. But there's really no reason not to upvote since Data fits the bill quite nicely, with his fame, Egyptian looks, and neck wires. :-) – Praxis Jan 31 '16 at 3:03
  • "there's really no reason not to upvote" I like your confidence. :) What happened is the page refreshed and I guess I accidentally triple-clicked the mouse right over the upvote button so, yah. But I do like your answer. lol :) – RedCaio Jan 31 '16 at 3:32

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:

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  • Severed Battle Droid head with wires sticking out:

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

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  • You get a +1 on this one, too. :-D – Praxis Jan 31 '16 at 3:06

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

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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":

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

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

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The Cyberman-head from "The Pandorica Opens":

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  • When I upvoted your answer, I really did mean to. So enjoy the +1. :-D – Praxis Jan 31 '16 at 3:04

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

stargate guard helmets

  • What's StF? Did you mean SF for sci-fi? – RedCaio Jan 30 '16 at 19:39
  • Scientifiction. – Broklynite Jan 30 '16 at 23:22

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 - Alien (1979)

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