Headrest

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-171005

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

Descriptive Terms

headrests
wood (plant material)
Tongan
Fijian
Headrest

Inscription

E47,135 (Painted on)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,135

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Bedding

Dimensions

5 5/8 x 19 3/8 x 6 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.1214

Places

Possibly Fiji
Possibly Tonga