Headrest Coastal Sepik River Area Papua New Guinea
|Size||Height 23 cm|
This beautifully carved old Headrest / Neckrest was made by a master-carver from the Coastal Sepik River area in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. This artwork is in a stylised form of ancestor Bird Men figures and totemic Birds all mixed together.
Sleeping on a Headrest with ancestors and clan totems protects the person when sleeping from malevolent spirits and dreams. Also the more practical aspect is in many places in New Guinea men had elaborate hair styles that the spent time and efforts to keep looking their best, The headrest helps protect their hairstyles while sleeping. Dating from the 1950’s or earlier.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Art
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