The Gurage headrest is an important piece of everyday art that is not only used as a place to rest one’s head but can and is also used as a seat.
Approx Age: Mid 20th Century
Dimensions cm: 16 tall
Ref. Number: 1083
Impressively carved Gurage Gouraghe Headrest from Ethopia. Made of a single piece of wood and very highly carved with a pattern of both rings and small squares. A lot of time and care having been taken to decorate the stem of this Gurage headrest being shown not only by the intricate design but also by the colouring in both an orange and red pigment highlighting its fascinating design. The orange colouration could possibly be the natural wood colour. Showing good signs of being used and also cherished as at some time this beautiful headrest has undergone a repair. Overall this lovely headrest is an endearing piece of Gurage tribal art.
The headrest is an important piece of everyday art that is not only used as a place to rest one’s head but can and is also used as a seat. Often headrests have the purpose not only to rest a head on but as a means of protection for some of the elaborate hairstyles/ coiffures that many African tribes
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