Child’s Stool

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SNK 1212-32

Ethiopian Child’s Stool, Oromo/Omo River, Africa

H: 16 cm (6,3″), W: 11,5 cm (4,5″), L: 14 cm (5,5″)

An elegant stool/headrest made out of two-toned wood. Ethiopian headrests come in various forms. They are ranged from the simple to elaborately carved artifact. Among nomadic pastorals in Africa people headrests and stools play a vital role among men. These objects are carefully carved and carried by men everywhere they go. Headrests are used as pillows to help someone to have good sleep. They also used as a comfort to help protect ceremonial coiffure. In some occasions headrests are used as stool. As a personal object,stools such as this have become part of the individual. Usually, when the person died, he is buried with his stool/headrest. Sometimes the headrest is passed on to his heir.

Provenance: Private Danish collection. It was either acquired directly from Lau (Laurence) Sunde’s collection in Copenhagen, which dates back to the 1940s, or Lau (Laurence) Sunde was an adviser to the collector.
Sunde had a “Etnografica” boutique in 1948, that became recognized among collectors as the most specialized boutique of its kind at the time. Tribal and oriental artefacts were purchased from private collectors as well as at auctions in Paris, Amsterdam and London, among other places.

Full description of Lau (Laurence) Sunde will be forwarded by request.

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