Head Rest


Artist
Ethiopian, Addis Ababa (city) (Ethiopian)
Date
Early 20th century
Medium
Wood
Dimensions
Work : 6 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. (16.51 x 19.05 x 18.41 cm)
Credit Line
Promised gift of Neal and Elizabeth Sobania
Object Number
TR2017.75.891

Label
The 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.

Object Type
Furniture
Wood