Round Stool/Headrest with Metal Handle, Ethiopia
H: 15,5 cm (6,1″), W: 20 cm (7,9″)
This stool/headrest from Ethiopia is caved from one piece of wood, it has a beautiful patina from age and much use by a nomadic herder in Ethiopia either to protect his elaborate hairdos or to keep his head off the ground and away from bugs and insects or just to sit on.
In Ethiopia stool/headrests are popular, a man never leaves his compound without his stool/headrest, which enable him to sit or sleep without interfering with his complicated coiffure.
Ethiopian stool/headrest styles vary from region to region and are usually made by the owners or a local artisan. Some stool/headrests have elaborate carved decorations while others are very simple and graceful. It is also interesting to note that one of the most graceful of all designs, the large Somali head rest, is remarkably similar in shape and design to a wooden stool/headrest from the ancient Egyptian headrest from 6th dynasty or later (c. 2323-2159 BC).
Age: Est. 30-50 year.
Provenance: Bought from a Belgium art gallery in 2008
Dewey William, J., “Sleeping Beauties – The Jerome Joss Collection of Stool/headrests at UCLA”
Gunter Best, Marakwet & Turkana. New Perspectives on the Material Culture of East African Societies, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, 1993.