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African Headrests

The 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 strictly utilitarian. Being associated with sleep and dreams, the headrest was believed by the Africans to be a recipient for occult forces. It was eminently a personal object and was never lent to another.



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Headrest - Dogon/Tellem - Mali (4839)
$1,800.00
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Anthropomorphic Headrest - Lobi People - Burkina Faso (5317)
$1,400.00
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Headrest, Zulu people, South Africa
$1,200.00
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Pokot Headrest # 7863 - Kenya
$275.00
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Turkana Headrest - Northern Kenya
$295.00
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Headrest - Pokot People - Kenya (4830)
$150.00
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Headrest - Pokot People - Kenya (4820)
$250.00
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Early 20th century Headrest (#1091) - Dinka People, South Sudan
$1,250.00
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Headrest - Pokot People - Kenya (4828)
$145.00
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Headrest - Ethiopia (4813)
$275.00
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Headrest - Dinka People - Sudan (4829)
$250.00
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Gurage Headrest - Ethiopia
$95.00
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Headrest (#1049) - South Sudan
$295.00
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Turkana Stool/Headrest - Turkana people, Northern Kenya
$250.00
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Luba Janus Headrest #7884 - D.R.Congo
$295.00
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Headrest (#7880) - Luba People, D.R. Congo
$295.00
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Luba Headrest D.R.Congo - (#8525)
$275.00
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Luba Headrest (#8504)
$295.00
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Double Headrest, Luba People, D.R.Congo (#8531)
$395.00
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