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Carved wooden neck rest with oval base that flares inwards to a curved segment with three cylindrical supports emerging from the top, and these join to the roughly rectangular top surface, which curves downward at the centre. Two rectangular elements extend down from the ends of the top segment, and each is decorated with two horizontal bands of zigzags.

History Of Use

Shona or Tswana headrest, also called a neck rest. Used when sleeping or resting; meant to support the head at the junction of the neck and head when lying down. Usually a personal object; they are portable and may also be used as a stool. In some societies, headrests were thought to channel ancestral communications through dreams.

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