Head rest Tonga

Head rest
Head rest

Custodian: University of Glasgow Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Reference: GLAHM E. 441/3

The head rest is rectangular with a slightly concave top and a pronounced mid rib underneath, and has six parallel legs with square feet.

It was originally catalogued as a donation from George Turner in 1860, however only one headrest, from Niue, is mentioned at this date. This headrest can be attributed stylistically to the Tongan islands, and has been identified as dating from the 18th century.

It may be one of the 'several sleeping stools' mentioned by Captain John Laskey in his 1813 account of The Hunterian Museum.

Maker: not known

Materials: wood

Dimensions: 1065cm