A Neckrest, Sepik, Papua New Guinea
This neckrest was used by the Sepik tribes of Papua New Guinea. The people of the Sepik, famed for their woodwork, would order the tribe's master carvers to make them a neckrest. Detailed with zoomorphic figures, these neckrests were believed to keep the bad spirits away from the owner's head.
A neckrest, Sepik, Papua New Guinea
Wood, rattan, beautiful patina
Sepik, North East Papua New Guinea
l. 43 cm
Ex-Collection B. da Silva, The Hague, Netherlands,
collection Dutch artist, Netherlands, with certificate