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
ca 1900
l. 43 cm
Ex-Collection B. da Silva, The Hague, Netherlands,
collection Dutch artist, Netherlands, with certificate

Small defect

€ 2000
A Neckrest, Sepik, Papua New Guinea