Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Kamba maker
  • headrest, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • wood, rawhide, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21.5 x 13 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 7/16 x 5 1/8 x 4 5/16 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3261

The wooden headrest has a rectangular top. The supports are nearly vertical under the headrest, but they are slightly curved with a noticeable flare at the bottom. A strip of rawhide runs between the supports near the top. The outsides of the supports are decorated. Each has a perimeter of crosshatching. One has four horizontal stripes and the other has five horizontal stripes of crosshatching. Some of the stripes have "U" shapes filled with vertical stripes. There are giraffe-like animals and animals with long straight horns and long spiralling horns on each side.