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28 Wooden headrest

Ethiopia, Gurage or Arsi
First half of the twentieth century or later

Wooden headrest on a convex ridged base with two flat supports on the outside joining the base to the end of the slightly asymmetrical platform, which has a convex surface plane. The central support is pierced by two vertical rectangular openings, the bases and the support are decorated with a richly incised pattern, which is quite structural in its form and composed of either parallel lines or fishbone motifs. There is a white pigment filling the incised decoration, and the upper plane has dark stains from the oily upper platform.

Private Collection loan 14

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