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African art - Head rest:

The neck support is a nomadic way to rest in the shade of baobabs. It is also used by women who want to maintain their hairstyles developed during their sleep. Often with a beautiful patina due to their use. From north to south from west to east, we find the neck support throughout Africa.


Songye neck support
African art > Head rest > Songye neck support

A caryatid female figure holds the tray of this neck rest with her widely deployed arms. The legs apart, with massive feet, enhance the detailed sexual organs while visually balancing the sculpture. The effigy is depicted wearing a female songye mask named kikashi, still used today. This type of mask is worn during initiations with a long suit and beard made of natural fibers.
The back of the piece has a long crack of desication, the tray is eroded. Medium brown speckled patina, ocrée inlays.
The Songye came from the Shaba region of the DRC and settled between the Lualaba River and the Sankuru River in the middle of the savannah and forests. They are governed by the yakitengé and local leaders. The secret society Bwadi, however, counterbalances their power. Their male masks, ...


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Dinka / Lotuko Sudan neck end
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African art > Head rest > Sudan neck support

This piece of furniture, evoking an animal with three graceful slanted feet, and whose center of the oblong tray curves, was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner. Its structure simply takes the shape of the branches of the tree. A prestigious object of the nomads also used as a stool, it also affirmed their social status and was part of the dowry of the bride-to-be. Glossy black-brown patina with warm highlights. Little information has been gathered about this animist people, farmers and pastoralists of southern Sudan, living in the Nile Basin. Some of these East African tribes were virtually wiped out by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade.

Dinka neck support
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African art > Head rest > Tabouret Dinka

Resting on three feet, two of which obliquely curved, this vaguely zoomorphic-looking neck rest has an oblong seat punctuated by brass nails. The pleatof of the sculpture encases this object with an exceptional character. Glossy golden honey patina. This exceptional object of prestige was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner, which also indicated its social status, but was also used as a stool. Some, with handles, accompanied individuals on their travels.
Belt replaced by one of its owners.
Little information has been collected on these nomadic inhabitants of southern Sudan. Some of these East African tribes were virtually wiped out by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade. "The Tribal Art of Black Africa" J.B.BACQUART


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Luba neck support
African art > Head rest > Luba neck support

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to the luba royalty, to its feminine and masculine part. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The characters leaning on their hands, with a sophisticated hairstyle, and embodying spirits, are depicted pressing with their feet the knee of the one facing them. This attitude has symbolic value. Smooth patina dark brown mahogany. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name ...


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Luba neck support
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African art > Head rest > Luba neck support

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. In this case it is a couple side by side. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The figures of spouses supporting the stage, with a sophisticated hairstyle, and embodying spirits, are depicted standing. Black brown patina barely satin. Base split frontally.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Luba neck support
African art > Head rest > Tabouret Luba

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to the Luba royalty. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The characters leaning on their hands, with a sophisticated hairstyle, and embodying spirits, are represented in a face to face with arms and outstretched legs. Medium brown matted patina. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Luba neck support
African art > Head rest > Luba neck support

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure holding, with the help of arms and skull, a circular seat. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex hairstyle of its owner refer to the luba royalty. They are depicted entwined in a face-to-face. Light brown satin skate.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Luba Shankadi neck support
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African art > Head rest > Luba headrest

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to the Luba royalty. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Characters with cascading hairstyles and spirits are depicted with arms and legs stretched in a face-to-face. The leg posture on that of the other indicates an agreement between individuals. Light brown satin skate. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Mangbetu back-rest
African art > African Chair > Mangbetu back-rest

Ex-collection Swiss African art.
The ruler of the kingdoms of tribal Africa, not sitting on the ground in any way, a great diversity of seats were elaborated by the sculptors, such as this badge of sovereignty, cephalomorphic, embodying the power of the Chief Mangbetu. The seat from which arise two small brass domes associated with fertility, is supported by four feet. It is covered with oiled leather while the contours are embellished with large upholstery nails. The high hairstyle is characteristic of that of the Mangbetu aristocrats: from an early age, children were compressed from the cranial box by means of raffia bonds. Later, the Mangbetu \


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Yaka Musaw Neck Support
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African art > Usual african items > Yaka neck support

Ex-collection Belgian African art.
This type of neckguard, called musaw or m-baambu, kept in the bedrooms, is one of the objects that incorporates the personal ritual charms of matrilinating leaders and heads of households to preserve their beautiful tribal headdresses. This bird would refer to the stork. Some of these sculptures included magical charges inserted in discrete cavities. Glossy mahogany brown patina. Hierarchical and authoritarian, composed of formidable warriors, the Yaka society was governed by lineage chiefs who had the right to life and death over their subjects. Hunting and the resulting prestige are an opportunity nowadays for the Yaka to invoke ancestors and resort to rituals with charms related to the institution "khosi". The youth initiation society is ...


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Turkana neck support
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African art > Head rest > Turkana neck support

African art among Turkana
This is an East African population living mainly in northwestern Kenya in a hot, arid region west of Lake Turkana, but also in Ethiopia and to a lesser extent in South Sudan.

The East African neck-ends are famous and prized for their stripped-down or minimalist aesthetics. The clean lines allow you to appreciate the overall shape as well as the simple but remarkable details.
The piece consists of three parts: on the one hand, half a sphere constituting the base is equipped with nails to ensure stability. A simple vertical mount supports the circular seat. The latter is dug with two concavities on the outline.
The patina is reddish.

Emile's grandfather, Abel Robyn, debuted the collection in 1850.
It was passed down ...


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Poro s Senoufo neck end
African art > Head rest > Senoufo neck end

Harmony of curves for this long zoomorphic neckrest featuring a quadruped, owned by a Harmony collector of curves for this long zoomorphic neck rest rest by a quadruped, owned by an Italian collector of African art. The sculptor departed from the realism of the proportions, these having probably been designed for the purpose of stability, the curvature of the back acting as a headrest. The latter presents a satin patina resulting from repeated contact, as opposed to the dullness of the rest of the object. Still trimmed with his canvas shoulder strap attached to the animal's neck and tail and enhanced by two cauris, it was carried by its owner during his travels. The tail is punctuated with regular openings where cotton strands have been knotted. This type of piece was also used during the ...


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