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Headrest

2006.44.1213 (RS101913)

Description

Kali - or headrest - from Fiji. Carved from a solid piece of wood and comprised of a flattened head bar with two thick legs ending in oval-shaped, flat feet. The head bar curves slightly up at either end. Kali are imporant personal possessions as the head is where mana - sacred and ancestral power - is most concentrated.\n

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
E / 47133 / 87-4 (Possibly marked on with pencil)
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
wood (plant material)
Object type
Bedding
Places
Fiji
Possibly Tonga
Descriptive terms
Fijian
Headrest
headrests
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
5 x 12 3/4 x 2 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.1213
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
171009
Reference Notes
for general information about Fijian and Tongan headrests and their interrelatedness.

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