Headrest

Production date
Pre 1920
Country
Fiji
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Object detail

Description
Register description: Head Rest: one piece, plain hardwood
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES
Maker
Production date
Pre 1920
Production place
Measurements
L. 305 W. 92 D. 157 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood
History and use
This early 20th century Fijian headrest (kali) has been carved from a single piece of wood. Within Fiji there is wide variation in the styles and techniques used to make headrests. These ‘pillows’ would be placed at the base of the skull to support the head while sleeping. It is thought that one purpose of such objects was to keep the sleeper’s elaborate hairstyles in place.

This example was donated to Queensland Museum in 1920.
Registration number
E2327

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