22 Wooden headrest
Egypt, said to be from Bahr el Ghazal, Bahariya Oasis
Late nineteenth or early twentieth century
This wooden headrest is carved from a single piece of wood. There are two small holes through the centre of the support, which would originally have had a handle attached, and there is a thin piece of natural fibre wrapped around the support ten times. This piece was bought as an Ancient Egyptian object by R.G. Gayer-Anderson in Egypt, however, it is clearly of a type found amongst the Turkana people in Kenya in more recent times. The base contains copper alloy metal pins that have been hammered into the object, with a flattened surface to create a decorative pattern.
Given by R.G. Gayer-Anderson
The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, E.GA.6480.1943