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Boni headrest Ethiopia (N° 20358)

Among the elements of traditional furniture from East Africa, this type of African neckrest has a smooth and shiny mahogany patina. Its pure forms and gently curved support give it a refined design, even though it comes from traditional African art. More than eighty ethnic groups in Ethiopia have produced various neck rests for individual use called yagerteras, or "pillows of my country" or "Boraati" ("tomorrow you").
Desiccation cracks. Over time, the realization becoming more complex until they became true small masterpieces of sculpture, they also became individual objects of prestige and power, placed on family or collective altars. These objects were initially intended to protect the elaborate hairstyles of their owner (man or woman) during the night. But among the Turkana for example, it is the emblem of the tenderness of the fiancé for his bride, a pledge of union in the same way as an engagement ring.  

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OriginEx-collection française.
EthnyBoni
CountryEthiopie
Material(s)wood, metal
Height16
Width13
Weight0.65 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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