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This Dinka headrest is a simple yet profound artifact, typically carved from a pruned branch into a three-legged form. Some variants like this one feature zoomorphic elements like tails and heads, adding a touch of symbolism. Originally used as pillows to ensure restful sleep, these headrests also served to protect ceremonial hairstyles. In ceremonial contexts, they doubled as stools, showcasing their versatile utility. As deeply personal items, Dinka headrests often accompany individuals throughout their lives and into death, where they are sometimes interred with their owners or passed down to heirs as treasured heirlooms. Crafted from wood, each headrest bears the marks of age and use, embodying the spirit and history of its previous owners.

Dinka Headrest (Sudan)

Only 1 left in stock
  • 16.5in x 8.5in x 5.5in 

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