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29 Wooden headrest

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

This wooden headrest is of a basic square form; the strongly convex base is decorated on either side with groups of four incised grooves, which are also found on the external supports. The base is linked to the platform with two vertical supports. In the centre there are two further bulbous supports linked at the top by a horizontal piece of wood attached to the platform. The platform is coated with oils, or possibly käbbe, a type of butter or ghee used by Ethiopian women in their hair treatment.

Private Collection loan 12

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