This is a fine block headrest from Ethiopia. Ethiopian headrests epitomize the devotion, culture, spirituality and physical needs of those that produced them. They are grouped into different visual and structural styles, the columned piece with a curved platform and circular base are the most popular. The other is the pillow in the form of a block. The variations in these headrests are plentiful as their uses. The significant representations of these headrests are yet to be researched. They are believed to mostly revolve around identity, status and age/gender differentiation.
This is a block headrest curved from a single solid piece of wood. Curved with epitomized simplicity or abstraction, a reduction of the form to its simplest nature. The headrest is massive and solid, with an almost circular base tapering to a narrower curving top. It has deeply incised scarifications running in a nice pattern. The fine headrest has a wonderful brown patina, smooth texture, carved in hardwood. It shows signs of usage and old age.
|Dimensions||7.5 × 17.6 × 15.5 cm|