Old Headrest Neckrest Boiken People East Sepik Province PNG 19th C
This beautiful old Headrest / Neckrest is from the Boiken People in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. On one end is a deeply incised totemic animal, I am not sure which type of animal it represents, the other end of the Headrest can be read like its a tail of an animal and the whole headrest being an animal with four legs. On the underside of the neck rest its concave with some designs in high relief. Headrests were widely used in New Guinea and in many cultures around the world. Men in New Guinea often had elaborate hair styles that the headrest kept from getting smashed while sleeping,
Provenance: The John and Marcia Friede Collection New York. Most of this superb collection known as the JOLIKA Collection is now in The De Young Fine Art Museum in San Francisco California.
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