Description & Technical information

Tami Islands, Huon Gulf, PNG, Melanesia. Hard wood with red, white and black pigments. 
11.8 x 7.5 x 14 x 13 cm
A very fine headrest carved as a janus ancestor figure or kami - the spirit of all past, supporting the neck-bar on his head. The extremities of the bar are supported by two birds perched on the figure’s shoulders. His massive arms arch down to where his hands grip the foot of the headrest.

Date:  19/20th century
Period:  1750-1850, 1850-1900, 19th century, 20th century
Origin:  Melanesia
Medium: Hard wood
Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.5 x 14 cm (4⁵/₈ x 3 x 5¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: Ex coll. : Julius Konietzko (1886/1952), Hamburg, inv. N° O22 ; Loed & Mia Van Bussel, Amsterdam ; Galerie Meyer, Paris ; Bismuth, Paris.
Literature: Published : OCEANIC HEADRESTS / APPUIE-NUQUE OCEANIENS, Galerie Meyer, Paris, 2004, fig. 37, p. 53.
Categories: Tribal Art