This is an antique, wooden, African, Luba, headrest which was tribally hand carved from a single piece of wood. This African headrest was made and used by the Luba people and was collected in the Congo.
African tribal people have always used their. Serve as the visual representation of their wearers social status, age, rank, and gender. Which can take many hours to create.
Are often embellished with beads, shells, butter and colored pigments. Most tribal hairstyles therefore require the use of a headrest which was used primarily to support the neck in order to protect and preserve the hours of labor intense hair styling as the head could not be directly laid upon during sleep and rest. Using the headrest helped to preserve the hairstyles for up to three months.
Headrests were brought with the owner everywhere they went so they could be used whenever required and in the case of men were often worn on their belt. This African headrest measures 10.35 inches across the top and 8.66 inches tall. Good condition but does not stand well and has a lean and some wear from tribal use including a very minor crack in the wood of one foot.
Neck rests in the Luba culture are objects that display high status and serve as cherished belongings for the Luba elite. When sculpted female figures support the neck rest, these figures are politically symbolic, as the Luba are a matrilineal culture meaning the family name and inheritance come through the mothers side of the family, and the figures reinforce the legitimacy of that persons inherited status. This specimen is very desirable and would make a fine addition to any African collection.
The item "Antique Wooden Tribal Luba Hand Carved African Headrest With Figures Congo, Africa" is in sale since Sunday, January 15, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\African\Sculptures & Statues". The seller is "mountainamma" and is located in Williams, Oregon.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation, Ukraine, Cayman islands.