A Southern Somali Double Column Headrest

A Southern Somali Double Column Headrest

1800 to 1900 Somali

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A Southern Somali Double Column Headrest . Wood with incised decoration , fine old glossy patina
19 th Century

Size : 16.5 cm high , 15 cm wide – 6½ ins high , 6 ins wide
These headrests are used by the nomadic Somali in southern Somalia and north eastern Kenya . They are used by both men and women . The male type , as in this fine old example , have a relatively small base and are therefore unstable , making deep undisturbed sleep difficult , and enhancing the men's vigilance in the night . Whilst the examples used by women have a more stable base .
The extensive Islamic influence in the region is reflected in the guilloche patterning carved on the sides of the headrest which ensure God's protection for the sleeper .

Height 16.50 cm (6.50 inches)
Width 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
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