A Walis Island headrest

East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Ex Collection Yves Ferrandin, Paris

Wood and Bamboo, 60 x 21 cm

Sleeping on a Headrest with ancestors heads protects the person when sleeping from malevolent spirits and dreams. Also the more practical aspect is in many places in New Guinea, men had elaborate hair styles which they did not wanted to destroy. The headrest helps protect their hairstyles while sleeping.

Price: € 1.800,-