Headrest

Headrest

1800s-1900s

Wood

Overall: 10.2 cm (4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.198

Description

As pillows, headrests served to protect the elaborate coiffures highly fashionable until the early to mid- 20th century, and their use also enhanced contact with the ancestral realm through dreams. Their remains in Great Zimbabwe, other ancient ruins, and abandoned 12th-century burial caves attest to the region’s longstanding tradition of producing and using headrests. [Constantine Petridis Cleveland Museum of Art, (4/16/11-2/26/12); "The Art of Daily Life: Portable Objects from Southeast Africa"]

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood

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