Tongan Chef Neckrest "Kali Dabala" Tonga Island, Polynesia XIXth Century

Frédéric Coridon


NAPPING by Tongan leader "Kali Dabala"
Tonga Island, Polynesia
nineteenth century
Wood and coconut fibers
H .: 15; L .: 14; length: 19 cm

Neckrest with slightly convex rectangular top, resting on four legs resembling anthropomorphic legs. Each pair of feet constitutes a hoop fixed to the top using cords of braided coconut fibers.

The shape of this neck rest - used as a head rest so as not to distort the elaborate hairstyles of high dignitaries - is similar to the type of neck rest collected in Tonga during Cook's second and third voyage between 1774 and 1778. This one is distinguished by its old ligatures, testifying to a disappeared technique, identical to that used in the past by the builders of Tongan canoes.

Provenance: Former U. Kortman collection.

Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

Condition Very good state

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