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Dark glossy patina with patches of encrustation
Size: 12cm high, 15cm wide, 6.5cm deep – 4¾ ins high, 6 ins wide, 2½ ins deep
Ex Scottish Private collection
cf Finch and Co catalogues no. 3, item no. 67; no. 4, item no’s. 3, 30, 59, 108, 129; no. 5, item no. 35; no. 6, item no. 56; no. 7, item no. 28; no. 8, item no. 42; and no. 9, item no. 69, for other examples
Sometimes though the family of the deceased would keep the wooden pillow as a way of establishing a bond between them and their ancestors. Whilst sleeping on ‘the support of dreams’ visions would unite the spirit of the deceased with his living ancestor.
|Height||12.00 cm||(4.72 inches)|
|Width||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|
|Depth||6.50 cm||(2.56 inches)|