headrest; neckrest

A carved wooden head or neck rest, used by men among the Karanuja nomads, and widely distributed among other pastoralist societies of Africa. The headrest has a small iron chain attached, which is used to carry it. The two-parted legs are usually sunk into the sand to allow better positioning of the rest. It is used by warriors to avoid spoiling their beautiful head ornamentation.

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