Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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headrest or seat
  • unknown Turkana maker
  • headrest or seat, late 1800s–1947
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • wood, rawhide, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 16.5 x 31 x 9.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/2 x 12 3/16 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift of Carlyle S. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3260

The wooden headrest has a small rectangular top and two widely flaring supports. A wooden dowel wrapped with rawhide spans the space between the supports. The supports are wider at the bottom.

Each Turkana male carries his own headrest/seat.