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Headrest

2006.44.1143 (RS102630)

Description

Bamboo head or neckrest from Fiji, known as a kali ni bitu or kali nduvu. Very thick cylinder of bamboo, slightly curved, serves as the headrest, with solid fan-shaped feet at either end. The feet are attached to the bamboo with thin braided fiber covered with a black glue-like substance. The bamboo portion of the kali ni bitu is heavily carved. The carving includes geometric shapes and some words, inlcuding "Meliki" - possibly the name of the owner of the headrest.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
MELIKI / V I L I V / NAOMI (cut into)
E47,134
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.). Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
bamboo (material)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Bedding
Places
Fiji
Descriptive terms
bamboo (material)
Headrest
headrests
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
11 3/8 x 16 5/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.1143
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
170758
Reference Notes
http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3032/object/49643/Head_rest_%28Kali_ni_bitu%29

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