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Africa | Headrest from Mozambique | Wood and fiber | ca. 19th century

Appuie-nuque Dinka, Sudan H: 16 cm (6,3″), W: 19 cm (7,5″) Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object, the headrest has become part of the individual. Usually, when the person died, he is buried with his headrest. Sometimes the headrest is passed on to his heir, who would treat it with respect because this wooden piece embodies the ...

Africa | Headrest from the Shona or Makalanga people of southern Zimbabwe or Botswana | Wood with cotton | ca. end 19th to early 20th century

Africa | Headrest from the Tsonga people of Mozambique | Wood | Late 19th century

Africa | Headdress from the Rotse region; possibly Lozi people | Wood | ca. 19th century, Tanzania or South Africa

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Africa | Comb from the Yao people of Mozambique / Tanzania | Wood, natural fiber and glass beads | ca. 19th century

Africa | Headrest from the Karamajong people of Uganda | wood and cord

Dinka Headrest, Sudan H: 14 cm (5,5″), W: 10 cm (3,9″), L: 29 cm (11,4″) Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool.

Africa | Drum from the Kuba people of DR Congo | Wood and hide