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8571024HeadrestThis decorated headrest comes from the Zambezi region. HeadrestThis decorated headrest comes from the Zambezi region. Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/multimedia/2008.4.96b_1024x768.jpgLe Havre Museum of Natural History
13282000It was used to support the head of a person while asleep.It was used to support the head of a person while asleep.Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/2008.4.96_b_0.jpg?itok=joTE78njLe Havre Museum of Natural History
13282000This object associated with dreams was very personal and could not be borrowed.This object associated with dreams was very personal and could not be borrowed.Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/2008.4.96_c.jpg?itok=9QydVlJ0
1000664This headrest decorated with numerous beaded necklaces and an old music box is extremely rare.This headrest decorated with numerous beaded necklaces and an old music box is extremely rare.Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/2008.4.96_e.jpg?itok=xyADc8M8

Zambezian headrest

 

  • Origin : Zambezi

  • Ethnic group : unknown

  • Date : 19th century

  • Materials : wood, glass beads, vegetable fibres, music box (cork, metal)

  • Dimensions : 19 cm x 9.5 cm x 16 cm

  • Inventory number : 2008.4.96

  • Acquisition mode : unknown (acquired by the Museum before 1904)

African headrests were used to keep men's elaborated headdresses away from dirt, by supporting their head while asleep.

These objects associated with dreams were very personal and could not be borrowed. In some African ethnic groups, men would actually carry them during the day and would even be buried with them.

This headrest decorated with numerous beaded necklaces and an old music box is extremely rare because decorations were often removed from the headrests by European collectors.

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