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Dinka Figural Three Legged Headrest Stool African Art

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Title Dinka Figural Three Legged Headrest Stool African
Materials Wood
Made In Africa
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 19 inches L. x 5 inches W. x 6.5 inches H.
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair General wear, cracks with repair in figure's legs, chips and shallow cracks in places
Type of Object headrest , low stool


Additional Information: A stunning  Dinka Three-legged headrest stool with  seat supported by a male carved figure. 


The Dinka are a herder Nilotic group which is a group of peoples from the Nile Basin speaking Nilo-Saharan languages, which are part of the northwestern Congo, Western Ethiopia, Southern Uganda and Kenya, northern Tanzania, and southern Sudan.  These stools and headrests are known as thoch (stool), and used as a headrest and seat by both old men and women. They are also used to protect elaborate coiffure. In the Dinka society and neighboring peoples, headrests like this are very personal. They are believed to house the soul of the owner. In some sources, similar stools or headrests have been attributed to the Bongo people living in the Dinka and Bari neighborhood.


For further information see Dewey William J. SLEEPING BEAUTIES. The Jerome L. Joss Collection of African Headrests at UCLA, Fowler Museum of Cultural History. University of California, Los Angeles, p. 32.


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.


Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.