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Pokot headrest (N° 21778)
Prestigious object aiming to enhance the status of its user, expression of traditional African art , this monoxyl headrest or even "dream support", constitutes, for the tribes of Kenya and Uganda, a pillow to preserve, during sleep, the elaborate headdresses. It was also used as a stool.
Among the Turkana , they are offered to the future bride as a marriage vow, and returned to the man in case of refusal. Among the Pokot established in the region from Lake Turkana to Lake Baringo, it is the present that marks the ceremonies of coming of age or a reward for victory in conflict.
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Headrests frequently take the stylized form of an animal, with cattle being of the utmost importance to the pastoralist tribes of East Africa.
Shiny patina of use. Minimal native restoration of a crack.