Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Turkana peoples
  • headrest, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • wood, leather, beads, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 19.5 x 10 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 5/8 x 3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0903

Two legs come together at the curved headrest, where the leather is woven between them. There is a leather loop on each side with beaded tassels of blue, red, green, black, orange, yellow, and pink beads. One tassel has a tag with a metal ring that says "CAMEL BRAND" on one side and "UNIVERSAL CO" which is attached by a metal chain.