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Pokot Kenya studded headrest (N° 20771)

Utilitarian object of the African daily life and expression of the African traditional art, this monoxyle headrest or still "support of dream", constitutes, for the tribes of Kenya, a pillow having to preserve, during the sleep, the elaborated headdresses. It is also an object of prestige aiming at enhancing the status of its user. Among the Turkana, they are offered to the future wife as a wedding vow, and returned to the man in case of refusal. Among the Pokot, it is the present that marks the ceremonies of passage to adulthood.
Headrests are often stylized in the form of an animal, as livestock are of the utmost importance to the pastoral tribes of East Africa.
These sculptures accompany their owner on the occasion of festivities.
Mahogany brown glossy patina.  

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OriginEx-collection italienne
EthnyPokot
CountryKenya
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm14
Depth20 cm
Width9 cm
Weight0.55 Kg

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