Headrests have been around since before the time of the Pharaohs and are found on almost all continents across the globe. In addition to raising the head to rest in comfort, they were also used to protect the mana or life energy of the user.
This unusual piece from the Tami Island Group at the extreme end of the Huon Gulf in Morobe Province, was designed to be used as a headrest using the curved edges or as a seat using the flat edges. The design, which is highlighted with lime-based pigment suggests fish and snakes.
Personally collected Firebird Voyage.
13"H x 11.5"W x 4"D