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Ethiopian neckrest with handle (N° 20586)

Among the elements of traditional East African furniture, this type of African neckrest endowed with a dark glossy patina. Its sleek shapes and trinagular support give it, although from traditional African art, a contemporary design.
More than eighty ethnic groups in Ethiopia have produced different neck rests for individual use named yagerteras, or "pillows of my country" or "Boraati" ("tomorrow you").
Over time, the realization becoming more complex until becoming real 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 allemande
Height cm17
Depth25 cm
Width10 cm
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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