headrest
headrest
headrest
headrest
headrest

headrest

Ngoni

Currently on View in W303.c3
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Headrests are used by men and women in many areas of Africa. Headrests are portable and publicly visible objects of prestige. In some places, they can be used as political gifts and as symbols that legitimatize leadership. These items are made from stone, ivory, ceramic and, most commonly, wood. The earliest examples we know of come from ancient Egypt . Headrests are personal objects that serve many purposes. They cradle the neck and support the head like a pillow, they protect elaborate hairstyles and they may aid in dreams, where an individual can communicate with ancestors. The ancient Egyptians and Nubians buried some of their dead with headrests.

Object Information

culture
Ngoni
creation date
early 20th century
materials
wood, pigment
dimensions
5-1/4 x 20-1/4 x 3-1/2 in.
accession number
1998.71
credit line
E. Hardey Adriance Fine Arts Acquisition Fund in memory of Marguerite Hardey Adriance
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
African Art
colors

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