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Dinka / Lotuko Sudan neck end
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African art > Head rest > Sudan neck support

This piece of furniture, evoking an animal with three graceful slanted feet, and whose center of the oblong tray curves, was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner. Its structure simply takes the shape of the branches of the tree. A prestigious object of the nomads also used as a stool, it also affirmed their social status and was part of the dowry of the bride-to-be. Glossy black-brown patina with warm highlights. Little information has been gathered about this animist people, farmers and pastoralists of southern Sudan, living in the Nile Basin. Some of these East African tribes were virtually wiped out by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade.

Dinka neck support
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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


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