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19 th Century
The lustre of the patina is obtained by continuous use . The wood becoming saturated with hair oils ; the headrest takes on the identity of the sleeper and comes to be seen as the individual’s spiritual representative . Headrests from this area were often buried with their owner .
A distinctive feature of these headrests are the vertical lugs extending from both sides of the cross bar which is decorated with small chevrons . The lobed base supports a carved central support from which rise three upright beams . Headrests from this area have a great inventiveness in the form and variation of design of the central support , and although they were not made to be radically different from one another it is the subtle variations that distinguishes each remarkable piece .
See : Finch & Co catalogue no. 4 ( item no. 108 and 129 ) for comparisons
|Height||15.00 cm||(5.91 inches)|
|Width||16.00 cm||(6.30 inches)|
|Depth||6.50 cm||(2.56 inches)|