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Boni neck support (N° 23446)

Among the elements of traditional East African furniture, this type of African neckrest has a smooth and shiny mahogany patina. Its structure gives it, although coming from traditional African art, a refined design. More than eighty ethnic groups in Ethiopia have produced different headrests for individual use named yagerteras, or “my country pillows” or “Boraati” (“tomorrow you”).
Minimal cracking.
Over time, the realization becoming more complex until they became real small masterpieces of sculpture, they also became individual objects of prestige and power, placed on family or collective altars. These objects were originally intended to protect the elaborate hairstyles of their owner (male or female) during the night. But among the Turkana, for example, it is the emblem of the groom's tenderness for his bride, a pledge of union in the same way as an engagement ring.
 

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OriginEx-collection luxembourgeoise
EthnyBoni
CountryEthiopie
Material(s)wood
Height cm17
Width18 cm
Weight0.50 Kg

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