East African Headrest

Hardwood trees with specific branch configurations were sought out by East African carvers to create headrests like this one. Placed horizontally, the arrangement of the branches suggests a stylized animal form with three or four slender legs. Such headrests would be kept for many years by their owners as highly valued personal items. This particularly elegant four-legged example is graced with a smooth, lustrous surface and shows edges rounded with significant age and use.

Early 20th century
10" l 7" h
Provenance: Ex Alain de Monbrisson; Sheikh Saud-al-Thani
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