All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : African : Artifacts : Pre 1950 item #1275217 (stock #408vr)
E & M Perez
Carved from a single piece of fine grained wood, this single pedestal headrest, or barkin,is a traditional form utilized by the Boni and Somali tribes of Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. As nomadic gatherers, they carved these fine little headrests from dense, light wood, for easy carrying. There are two basic forms, one with two flared supports, and this one, with a single pedestal. With curvilinear designs on the top and ends of the curved top, the headrest is simple and elegant in form...