Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Shabe peoples
  • headrest, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Ethiopia
  • wood, staining, ink, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 16.5 x 16 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 5 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3141

The headrest has a conical base and concave rest. The base is yellow, with a narrower band around the bottom and a wide band around the top. Each of these bands has bands of zigzag, drawn in dark ink. The bottom band has two, the top has four. The stem from the base to the rest is decorated with small grooves, and one raised ridge. The rest itself is undecorated.