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Headrest Neckrest Coastal Sepik Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. TB-2971
Size (43cm)
Headrest Neckrest Coastal Sepik Papua New Guinea
Headrest Neckrest Coastal Sepik Papua New Guinea
Headrest Neckrest Coastal Sepik Papua New Guinea
Headrest Neckrest Coastal Sepik Papua New Guinea

This beautiful old and well used Headrest or Neckrest is from the Coastal Sepik Area in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. Both ends of the Headrest is in the form an Ancestors Head with a small totemic animal coming out of the mouths.  The horizontal support with the head is a single piece of hardwood with warm old patina from long use. The legs are made from two piece of cut bamboo.

Sleeping on a Headrest with ancestors heads 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.

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