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44 Wooden headrest

Kenya, Samburu
First half of the twentieth century or later

This wooden block headrest has two integrated supports at the front with an elegantly curved platform forming a lip on both sides. On the back (which is shown here) there is a stabiliser to prevent the headrest from falling backwards whilst it is in use. The Samburu are a group of Nilotic people who are semi-nomadic pastoralists from north-central Kenya.

Private Collection loan 35

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