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Creator Nationality: African
Creator Name-CRT: Borana, Kenya
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1980
Creation End Date: 1980
Creation Date: 1980
Creation Place: Kenya, Africa
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furnishings
Materials and Techniques: wood
Dimensions: Height: 5 1/3"; width: 9 1/2"
Description: A man's three-legged wooden headrest carved from a branch positioned horizontally with the slightly flattened top as the platform. Three smaller branches radiate from the platform as legs. Two at one end in a V formation and one at the opposite end.
AMICA Contributor: Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 90.17
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 1990
Context: Headrests were given to young men after initiation as an indication of status and prestige. They were used to protect elaborate hairstyles and to elevate the head above dirt and away from insects during sleep, and were also used as stools. They were carried on journeys, and were valued personal property often passed on in families.
AMICA ID: BCM_.90.17
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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