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Predicate Object Unknown Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 15627 Cenderawasih Bay/Papua Province/Indonesian 2003-03-04T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T03:33:42.661Z melanesian art 35 Headrests are personal possessions, owned and used by an individual. At their death, they may be kept by a member of the family in remembrance. This wooden head rest is carved with both abstract and figurative forms. Headrests or neckrests are used by many Pacific people for resting and sleeping, instead of soft pillows. Some claim they help to protect elaborate hair styles but they are also cooler for humid tropical climates. Men use headrests more than women. The amount of decoration is related to the social status of their owners. wooden head rest. headrest
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