Headrest

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-171009

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

Descriptive Terms

headrests
wood (plant material)
Fijian
Headrest

Inscription

E / 47133 / 87-4 (Possibly marked on with pencil)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,133

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Bedding

Dimensions

5 x 12 3/4 x 2 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.1213

Reference Notes

for general information about Fijian and Tongan headrests and their interrelatedness.

Places

Fiji
Possibly Tonga