African stools and headrests are functional household furniture, made locally for use by local people. They are invariably carved by hand from a single piece of wood, and have artistic as well as functional appeal. They are traditional and genuine tribal African art.
This headrest is carved from one piece of wood. The foot measures 3.2 by 8.5 inches, across the top 2.3 x 8.5 inches, and 6.5 inches tall. The wood shows a lot of natural grain and burl figure, and bears a clean scrubbed patina. There are 3 very short hairline cracks in the base on one side, following the natural grain of the wood. A tag on the bottom from the previous owner says "Sidamo headrest, Ethiopia".