Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ndebele maker
  • headrest, late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 13.5 x 39 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 5/16 x 15 3/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3268

The headrest has two animals, identified as elands, as a support. The animals have tall horns and humped backs and short tails. They are dark brown. The rectangular headrest that rests on their backs is a light natural color with bands of diamonds carved into either end.