One of the most recognizable and beloved objects from the Huon Gulf region are the wonderful figurative headrests. Virtually all early collectors and ethnographers to the area in the 1890s took note of their beauty and quality of craftsmanship. The present one is an excellent and classic example with back-to-back caryatid figures effortlessly shouldering the load. And while many Huon Gulf utilitarian objects have great patinas from extended daily use; what is less known is that the earliest examples often were painted with white, black and red pigments—such as this neckrest. The piece is ex. José Ramon Pons Oliveras Collection, Barcelona, ex. Kevin Conru, Brussels and ex. Eric and Evarne Coote, Mittagong, NSW, Australia (E0010). The neckrest stands 6 ¼” (15.8 cm) in height, dates to the late 19th/early 20th century and the price is available upon request. Questions?