Wood headrest in the form of an inverted squared off V with splayed feet and spun leather that connects the legs. It is carved from one piece of wood and has carved etchings still visible. DATE Early to mid-20th century. DIMENSIONS: 7"H x 8"W x 3D. While watching over livestock at night, men in East Africa use headrests.They may be carried during the day as a sign of status. African headrests are designed to cradle the neck and support the head. They protect coiffures and elevate the head for sleeping. Headrests display an amazing variety of shapes.
In some, one sees the original forms of the tree trunks or branches from which they were carved. Others bear little resemblance to the wood's natural forms.
Generally, the head support is a curved rectangle; the legs, pedestals and decorations vary and demonstrate the cultural style and the work of the individual artist. The item "African tribal wooden headrest Hand Curved Kenya Piece" is in sale since Thursday, July 15, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "tracker57" and is located in Highland Mills, New York.
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