African art > Head rest > Dinka neck support
Utilitarian objects in African art
Resting on three oblique feet this zoomorphic-looking African neck support symbolically evoking cattle has a gently curved oblong seat. Oiled brown patina. This prestigious object was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner, also indicated its social status, but was also used as a stool. Some, with handles, accompanied individuals during their movements.
Dealy was collected about these nomadic inhabitants of southern Sudan. Some of these East African tribes have been virtually exterminated by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade. Organized around livestock farming, these ethnic groups considered the possession of cows and herds, and therefore of milk and meat, as a mark of social prestige. "The Tribal Art of Black ...