Set of 3 tribal neckrests from East Africa

S/N:1700_1702_1703

  • £3,415
  • €3,785 Euro
  • $4,589 US Dollar

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Set of 3 tribal neckrests from East Africa

COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM
A beautiful and well used Somali headrest in wood. Men in East Africa use headrests both as pillows and as indicators of status. This type of mans headrest is used by the Boni of northeast Kenya and southern Somalia and by Somali nomads. The patterns on Somali and Boni headrests probably reflect the Islamic influence in the region. Some scholars interpret the patterns and iconography as a “form of shorthand for prayer,” to ensure God’s protection of the sleeper. Headrests also play an important role in the nuptial ceremonies of Somali nomads.

The headrest is carved from a single piece of fine-grained wood known as hagar in Somali, or also yucub wood. The wood is usually left in its natural color, but sometimes it is painted red or black by its owner. They may be carved by the owner or commissioned from an artist.

Period: 

Second quarter 20th Century

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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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