Headrest - Dogon/Tellem - Mali (4839)
In the cultures of Africa, headrests were designed
to preserve very elaborate hairstyles. They maintained the head at the same level as the shoulders
during sleep, but their function went beyond the
strictly utilitarian. Being associated with sleep &
dreams, the headrest was believed to be a recipient
of occult forces. It was an eminently personal
object and was never lent to another. This particular
headrest is in the Tellem style, named after the
people who inhabited the Bandiagara region prior
to the arrival of the Dogon in the 15th century.
6"H x 13"L x 3"W
ex Richard Ulevitch collection.