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Headrest, Tonga Island, Western Polynesia
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Ref : 77049
3 200 €
Period :
20th century
Provenance :
Parisian collection
Medium :
Wood and fibres
Dimensions :
L. 22.64 inch X l. 3.54 inch X H. 5.91 inch
Curiosities  - Headrest, Tonga Island, Western Polynesia 20th century - Headrest, Tonga Island, Western Polynesia  - Headrest, Tonga Island, Western Polynesia
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Headrest, Tonga Island, Western Polynesia

Headrest or "kali dabala" in hardwood, in a classic shape evoking, seen from the front, a stylized character.
The narrow, slightly curved lintel, tapering in its centre, is supported by four anthropomorphic feet tied to a wooden crosspiece by means of braided coconut fibre ties.
The lintel is incised at each end of the lines
This object shows a striking balance between volumes and lines.

The shape of this headrest - used as a pillow to avoid deforming the elaborate hairstyles of high dignitaries - is similar to the type of neckrest collected in Tonga during Cook's second and third voyage between 1774 and 1778. This one is distinguished by its beautiful old ligature, testimony of a disappeared technique, identical to the one used in the past by the Tongan pirogue builders.

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