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Wooden Head Rest and Stool

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1973A1058
Collection:Ethnography - Africa
Date:1875 - 1915

Maker Information

Maker:Bari - View history


Headrests like this, made by the Bari peoples, were used to support the head or neck while resting and sleeping. The curved top is placed beneath the ear and alongside the jaw.This protects the elaborate hairstyles worn by African men and women. These hairstyles are complicated and time-consuming to create taking as much as forty hours to complete. Headrests allow you to maintain your coiffure for months.

Presented by the University of Birmingham Medical School.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century or 20th century
Place of Origin:Sudan


Height:222 mm
Width:109 mm
Depth:171 mm