flat rectangular base with horizontal open cylinder above, supporting a wide rectangular top

Neckrest, 19th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

Woodexpand_more

The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fundexpand_more  98.244.3

Headrests were used throughout Oceania. Often regarded as status objects, headrests were important because they support the head, believed to be a person's spiritual center. In Fiji, headrests were reserved for chiefs and possibly helped to protect their elaborate hairstyles. The abstract form, balance, and grace of this carved headrest are exemplary of the sophisticated craftsmanship in Fijian art.

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Title
Neckrest
Role
Artist
Accession Number
98.244.3
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flat rectangular base with horizontal open cylinder above, supporting a wide rectangular top