Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Shona maker
  • headrest, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 13.5 x 14 x 5.5 cm width at base
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 5/16 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/8 in width at base
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1697

Carved wooden headrest with three vertical elements coming out from an oval base and reaching up to a curved flat surface for resting the head. The center element is carved with vertical columns of small squares. The outer two elements are carved with horizontal lines that spiral slightly on one column. One end of the headrest portion is broken off and missing.