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African art among the Turkana people
This is an East African population living mainly in north-western Kenya in a hot and arid region west of Lake Turkana, but also in Ethiopia and to a lesser extent in southern Sudan.
The patina is smooth, glossy, reddish brown. Cracks of desiccation.


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Turkana Kenya neck support
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African art among the Turkana
This is an East African population living mainly in northwestern Kenya in a hot, arid region west of Lake Turkana, but also in Ethiopia and to a lesser degree in South Sudan.

East African neck rests are famous and prized for their clean, minimalist aesthetic. The clean lines allow one to appreciate the overall form as well as the simple but remarkable details.
The piece consists of three legs on which rests a slightly curved top that is narrowed in the center. Metal inlays form decorative patterns highlighting the curve.
The patina is a smooth golden mahogany color.


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Turkana neck support
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African art > Head rest > Turkana neck support

African art among Turkana
This is an East African population living mainly in northwestern Kenya in a hot, arid region west of Lake Turkana, but also in Ethiopia and to a lesser extent in South Sudan.

The East African neck-ends are famous and prized for their stripped-down or minimalist aesthetics. The clean lines allow you to appreciate the overall shape as well as the simple but remarkable details.
The piece consists of three parts: on the one hand, half a sphere constituting the base is equipped with nails to ensure stability. A simple vertical mount supports the circular seat. The latter is dug with two concavities on the outline.
The patina is reddish.

Emile's grandfather, Abel Robyn, debuted the collection in 1850.
It was passed down ...


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