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Headrest

2006.44.1214 (RS101914)

Description

Kali - or headrest - from Tonga or Fiji. Made of wood, the headrest is composed of a circular bar of wood with four short legs.The legs are attached to the headrest bar with internal coils of braided fiber. Headrests were important personal possessions because the head is where mana - sacred and ancestral power - is most concentrated.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
E47,135 (Painted on)
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
wood (plant material)
Object type
Bedding
Places
Possibly Fiji
Possibly Tonga
Descriptive terms
Fijian
Headrest
headrests
Tongan
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
5 5/8 x 19 3/8 x 6 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.1214
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
171005

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