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- While watching over livestock, 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 or watching the herd.
- Headrests display an amazing variety of shapes. In some, one sees the original form of the tree trunks or branches from which they were carved. Others bear little resemblance to the wood's natural form. Generally, the head support is a curved rectangle; the legs, pedestals and decorations, however, demonstrate the cultural style and the work of the individual artist.
- Wood headrest with curving rectangular top and inverted v-form legs, leather loop straps on side and red, yellow, black and white beads in a striped pattern on the upper portion of the legs.
- Norman and Mary Michie, Madison, Wisconsin, collected Baringo District, Kenya, 1978 to 1981
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Pokot artist
- Late 20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Norman and Mary Michie
- Wood, leather, glass beads, metal
- H x W: 16.8 x 9.2 cm (6 5/8 x 3 5/8 in.)
- Decorative Arts