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Pokot neck support (N° 24921)

Wide range of structures for these headrests from Africa. African dugout neckrest, this "dream support", constitutes, for the tribes of Kenya and Uganda, a pillow that must preserve, during sleep, the elaborate headdresses. It could also be used as a stool. Equipped with an ornate support separating into two feet (sometimes symbolizing elephant feet), its narrow top is extended by small side protrusions. Headrests frequently take the stylized form of an animal, cattle being of utmost importance to the pastoralist tribes of East Africa. 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 established in the region from Lake Turkana to Lake Baringo, it is the present which marks the ceremonies of the passage to adulthood or even a reward for a victory during a conflict.
Smooth orange patina.  

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OriginEx-collection espagnole
EthnyShona
Countryzimbabwe
Material(s)wood
Height cm16
Depth8 cm
Width15 cm
Weight3.38 Kg

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