CHIEF’S HEADREST. Somalia.
African Headrests are amazingly stylished objects with an enormeous diversity. One can only collect headrests for the rest of his life. This is a lovely exaple, with a strong curve, nice patina and carving. As the head is regarded as the most important part of a human being, care should be taken that it does not touch the ground. Masterpieces have been created to put both important and common people’s head on, for practical and ceremonial use.
This piece comes from Somalia, which was an ancient important centre for commerce. It is the most probable location of the fabled Land of Punt (Pwenet or Pwene) – the Egyptian trading partner know for producing and exporting gold, aromatic resins, blackwood, ebony, ivor, slaves and wild animals.
19,8cm high – 15,6cm wide