Papua New Guinea Lower Sepik Region Headrest
Papua New Guinea Lower Sepik Region Headrest
Papua New Guinea Lower Sepik Region Headrest

Papua New Guinea Lower Sepik Region Headrest

1800 to 2000 Papua New Guinea

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A Papua New Guinea Lower Sepik Region Headrest
The terminals carved with stylistic representations of ancestors
The bent cane feet, now missing. Old worn dry patina
19th – early 20th Century

Size: 37.5cm wide, 7cm deep (max) – 14¾ ins wide, 2¾ ins deep (max)
Headrests were a more practical proposition than feather pillows during the heat of the night in the forest jungle and also enabled the user to protect his often elaborate hairdo. However, headrests carried an importance beyond their everyday use. The ancestral carvings on this headrest represent a spiritual being that will commune with the sleeper providing him with help and protection and knowledgeable advice through dreams concerning important daily events.
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