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37 Wooden headrest

Sudan, Dinka
First half of the twentieth century or later

This wooden headrest has four separate straight legs that are attached to the platform and main body of the object with old nails. On either side, the ends have a vertical line and an incised zigzag decoration that is worn in places. The ends have a raised wooden knob and a metal attachment on each end, presumably originally for a strap or handle. The underside is carved out to form a handle both to carry the headrest, and to allow it to be used as a parrying shield.

Private Collection 30

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