Schouten / Murik Headrest
A monoxyle neckrest in the form of a stylized stool. The elaborate lateral decoration is typical of the regions of the Lower Sepik incorporating the Schouten Islands and the Murik lakes. The decoration on the other side, with a vertical register of diamonds, is quite surprising and of great purity of form. The underside of each end of the head-bar has a series of small carved bumps. Murik Lakes?, Lower Sepik, PNG, Melanesia. Wood with a glossy patina. 35.9 x 11.2 x 12.7 x 10.3 cm. 19/ 20th century. Exhibited OCEANIC HEADRESTS / APPUIE-NUQUE OCEANIENS. Exhibition, Gal. Meyer, 2004, N ° 17.
Provenance Ex-coll. : Galerie Meyer, Paris; F. Pujol, Barcelona, inv. No. 405.
Literature: Illustrated : OCEANIC HEADRESTS / APPUIE-NUQUE OCEANIENS. Exhibition cataloge, Gal. Meyer, 2004, N ° 17.