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Three-legged headrest carved from a single piece of wood. The upper surface has a slight curve to the side, and it tapers in at each end. The wood has been hammered with small circles all over on one side, with less on the opposite side.

History Of Use

Headrests, also called neck rests. 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.


From the collection of Dr. Arap Diop. Tchuemegne acquired headrests 3420/70-78 from Diop, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

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