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Ethiopian Headrest African Art

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Title Ethiopian Headrest African Art
Type of Object Headrest
Country of Origin Ethiopian
People Kambatta or Arussi
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 7.75 Inches
Width: 7.5 Inches
Depth: 2.25 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Bug damage, water damage, and does not stand on it's own.

 Additional Information: Ethiopian headrests come in various forms. They are ranged from the simple to elaborately carved artifact. They have abstract shapes, nice lines, and are sometime decorated with sophisticated geometric patterns. Their styles are similar to these found among the other nomadic people of Uganda and Kenya, particularly among the Dinka, Maasai, the Karamajong, Rendille, Turkana, Pokot. Ethiopian headrests mostly come from peoples such as the Somali, Gurage, Kambatta, Sidamo, Oromo, and Arussi. Among these people headrests and stools play a vital role among men. These objects are carefully carved and carried by men everywhere they go. Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has become part of the individual. Usually, when the person died, he is buried with his headrest. Sometimes the headrest is passed on to his heir, who would treat it with respect because this wooden piece embodies the spirit of the deceased person.

For similar piece and recommended reading see Dewey William, J., SLEEPING BEAUTIES-THE JEROME JOSS COLLECTION OF HEADRESTS AT UCLA . 1993