Ethiopian, Addis Ababa (city) (Ethiopian)
DateEarly 20th century
DimensionsWork : 6 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. (16.51 x 19.05 x 18.41 cm)
Credit LinePromised gift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
LabelThe Oromo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia. Oromo women are particularly known for their elaborate hair styles, which often take many hours to fashion. To prevent their coiffures from being ruined at night, Oromo women traditionally used wooden stands like this to support their heads while they slept. Although the headrest may look uncomfortable, it functions well ergonomically and keeps the spine aligned while providing good support for the head.