Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Shona maker
  • headrest, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • wood, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 x 15.5 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 1/8 x 6 1/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0900

This headrest has two dotted "X" shapes forming the body, one has a set of concentric circles at the center, the other has a circle with a field of dots. There is a fiber loop attached at the superior end between the "X" shapes.