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A Collection of three Headrests from the Tufi District Oro Province of the North Coast of Papua New Guinea.


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Collection No. TB-22
Size Left to Right: 14x15.5cm, 13x12.5cm & 15.5x14cm
A Collection of three Headrests from the Tufi District Oro Province of the North Coast of Papua New Guinea.

These three finely carved Neckrests from the Tufi area are called Gira Kukai in the local dialect and are an iconic object from this area. They were used by both Men & Women when sleeping so as not to disturb their finely coiffured hair styles.

The openwork geometric designs remind me of small architectural models.

They are  quite unique in being different heights & widths and two of these have incised geometrical designs on the base.

One has to wonder if the person who was going to use the headrest requested a specific height or width for their maximum comfort just as when we shop for just the right pillow height.

All three of theses neckrests are well used and date from the late 19th to early 20th Century.

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