Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Kamba peoples
  • headrest, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Kenya
  • wood, rawhide, carving, incising
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 19 x 15 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3266

The rectangular headrest has two vertical supports that flare at the bottom, both away from each other and from front to back. A wooden dowel wrapped with a rawhide strip spans the space between the supports.

The supports are decorated with incised circles and highly stylized figures, possibly four-legged animals.