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AUTHENTIC, PRIMITIVE / ANTIQUE AFRICAN HAND CARVED & INCISED WOODEN, HEADREST ~ Measuring Approximately 6-1/2 inches wide x 5-1/4 inches high x 2-1/2 inches thick ~ mx-03 ~ ITEM # eth-728 ~ ($45.) ~
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African Headrest styles vary from region to region throughout Africa, usually made by a local artisan. In many African cultures, these Headrest, also referred to as small wooden “pillows” are used to elevate and support the head and neck during sleep, and used for generations either to protect elaborate hairdos or to keep the sleeper’s head off the ground away from bugs and insects to avoid insect incursions into the nose, ears or eyes, and are imbued with supernatural significance to help them communicate with their ancestors through their dreams.
Headrest (such as this one), were presented to boys at their coming of age and they were expected to keep them throughout their lives as a symbol of their soul and identity. Boys and men would never leave their village without taking their headrest wherever they went. As a personal object, the headrest has become part of the individual, often serving as his amulet. Occasionally, in certain tribes, women also owned and used a similar Headrest.
Some headrests have elaborate carved designs / decorations while others are remarkably simple and graceful. It is also interesting to note that some Headrest are remarkably similar in shape and design to wooden headrest from the ancient Egyptians from the 6th Dynasty or later (c. 2323-2159 BC).