Headrest

Oceanic, Tami Island, Papua New Guinea
early 20th century
Unidentified artist, Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander


Dimensions

Overall: 15.2 x 12.1 x 6.4 cm (6 x 4 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5341

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Decorative arts

This headrest is carved from hardwood and well polished to accentuate details, such as the hands of the two kneeling ancestor figures supporting an elliptical “pillow “on their heads as if it were their ceremonial headdress. The configuration and motif of this work are typical of classical Tami headrests.

Provenance

1965 or 1966, sold by Gallery Lemaire, Amsterdam to Clifford Ackley, Boston; 2009, gift of Clifford Ackley to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Clifford S. Ackley in memory of Stuart Cary Welch