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Pokot stool (N° 22012)

A prestigious object aimed at enhancing the status of its user, an expression of traditional African art, this monoxyle headrest or even "dream support", constitutes, for the tribes of Kenya and Uganda, a pillow to preserve elaborate headdresses during sleep. It was also used as a stool. Among the Turkana, they are offered to the future wife as a wedding vow, and returned to the man in case of refusal. Among the Pokot established in the region from Lake Turkana to Lake Baringo, it is the present which marks the ceremonies of the passage to adulthood or even a reward for a victory during a conflict.
Headrests frequently take the stylized form of an animal, cattle being of utmost importance to the pastoralist tribes of East Africa. This example, standing on three outward curved legs, symbolizes the canoes of subjugated enemies.
Oiled black patina. Minor abrasions and grip marks.
Ref. : "Dreams on wood, East African neckrest" ed. 5Continents.  

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Originex-collection belge
Height cm17
Width18 cm
Weight0.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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