Headrest

Headrest

c. 1910

Wood

Overall: 13.4 x 17.8 cm (5 1/4 x 7 in.)

Gift of W. A. Price 1921.1548

Location

Description

Headrests are an important art form in African societies, especially those where elaborate coiffures are the fashion. Sleeping comfortably on his/her side, a person could ensure that the braiding, sculpting, and setting of the hair remained intact. The flow and rythym of the deep-cut carving and openwork accentuate the overall form, balance, and function of the piece.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Furniture and woodwork
Medium: 
Wood
Credit line: 
Gift of W. A. Price

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