headrest with fluted column on rectangular base; column supports curved oval element on top of smaller rectangle (oval and rectangle are carved from one piece of wood); two wooden pins on one side one on base and one on smaller rectangle

Headrest, c. 2635-2155 BCE

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A headrest is like a pillow, elevating the head and neck during sleep, only in this case it also protects an elaborate hairstyle. Headrests have been used all over Africa, and the oldest ones were found among other furniture in graves in ancient Egypt and Nubia. They are still in vogue today among nomadic pastoralists in eastern Africa, whose lifestyle makes it necessary to use lightweight and portable household items.

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Title
Headrest
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2000.70.2
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headrest with fluted column on rectangular base; column supports curved oval element on top of smaller rectangle (oval and rectangle are carved from one piece of wood); two wooden pins on one side one on base and one on smaller rectangle