Placed at the back of the skull, kali supported the head while sleeping. Although serving a common function, these headrests took a wide range of shapes. The variety of materials (bamboo, wood, whale bone) and techniques employed (made from a single piece of wood or from several elements assembled with coir cords) may suggest different areas of production.
Nasogovatu, Wainibuka River, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 3682