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: 18 x 13 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 1/16 x 5 1/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3265

The rectangular wooden headrest has two supports that flare at the bottom. The wooden dowel between the supports is wrapped with a strip of rawhide. The supports are decorated with a band of parallel lines around the perimeter and two horizontal stripes. One support has a vertical stripe and three mounds.