Headrest inlaid with whale ivory. The bar of the head rest is cut from a cylindrical piece of noko noko wood (Casuarina equisetifolia). The four feet are formed by two arched pieces of wood terminating in small rectangular feet, two of which have been lost. Each of these arches is fixed to the bar through two piercings underneath, which are tied together using coconut fibre cordage to create a hidden fixing. The upper side for the bar is inlaid with four pieces of ivory, two DD’s on either end and two crescent moons near the centre. One of each of these inlaid pieces has since been lost.

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