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Neck support Kambaata Ethiopia (N° 20721)
Ex-collection African art from Belgium.
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Among the elements of traditional furniture from East Africa, this type of African neckrest resting on an openwork base of columns. Its refined forms, striated with parallel lines, give it, although from the traditional African art, a contemporary design.
More than eighty ethnic groups in Ethiopia have produced various 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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