African art > Head rest > Tabouret Dinka
Resting on three feet, two of which obliquely curved, this vaguely zoomorphic-looking neck rest has an oblong seat punctuated by brass nails. The pleatof of the sculpture encases this object with an exceptional character. Glossy golden honey patina. This exceptional object of prestige was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner, which also indicated its social status, but was also used as a stool. Some, with handles, accompanied individuals on their travels.
Belt replaced by one of its owners.
Little information has been collected on these nomadic inhabitants of southern Sudan. Some of these East African tribes were virtually wiped out by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade. "The Tribal Art of Black Africa" J.B.BACQUART