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 on request.