Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ndebele or Shona maker
  • headrest, before 1909
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 11.5 x 21 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1698

Headrest with an animal with tall horns and humped back, identified as an eland, as the support. There is a second support that resembles the back half of the eland. The ends of the rectangular headrest are decorated with bands of diamonds carved in relief. Base is dark brown, the headrest is light natural.