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Rendille or Borana Headrest Kenya Branch Ethiopia Africat

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Title Rendille or Borana Headrest Kenya Branch Ethiopia Africat
Type of Object Headrest
Country of Origin Kenya Ethiopia
People Rendille, Borana
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 6
Width (in) 16.5
Depth (in) 8.5
Dimensions Height: 6 Inches
Width: 16.5 Inches
Depth: 8.5 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 one leg cracked and repaired. scraped surface, general wear

Additional Information: The headrest with three legs was made from a natural form of stripped branch with minor change to shape it a little bit and give it the right size and form for a functional headrest / stool. Headrests of this form are usually found among many people in East Africa including the Rendille and Borana of Kenya and Ethiopia. This is an interesting case of forms being borrowed and /or exchanged from one area to another in sub-Saharan Africa. This headrest/stool will add a unique neckrest in any collection. !

Recommended Reading:

The Art of Southeast Africa from the Conru Collection, figs. 65-66

Dewey, William J. (ed), Sleeping Beauties, 1993, The Regents of the University of California, UCLA, Los Angeles