Oceanic Art - Headrest, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea

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Dugong net float
Eastern Highlands, Kamano people, Papua New Guinea

8 inches high by 18 inches long (20.3 by 45.7 cm)

Early 20th century

This unusual headrest is typical of the free-form naturalistic headrests of the Highlands area. Minimally carved with just the suggestion of a pig’s face at either end, it exhibits an charming, awkward grace. Paper label on the underside from Ratton Gallery.

Ex Franck Marcellin
Charles Ratton Gallery, Paris
Old private collection, Paris


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