A Dinka headrest in a very stylized zoomorphic shape.
The base is formed with hollow shape Each end is cut in the form of an animal (hippopotamus?) the body depicted by a triangle silver metal studs. This headrest has a beautiful dark brown warm patina showing some wear.
These stools and headrests are known as thoch (stool), and used as a headrest and seat by both old men and women. They are also used to protect elaborate coiffure. In the Dinka society and neighboring peoples, headrests like this are very personal.
17.25" W by 8.25" h By 4"D