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Antique African Head Rest



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20 x 9 x 11″ high.


Beautiful museum quality, wooden head rest. Stunning patina on this rare piece of art from Sudan, which can also be used as an object to hang jewelry from as shown in the final images. Hand carved from a single block of wood by the Dinka tribe. Circa 1900

This head rest was sourced in the spirit of wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy that beauty can be found in imperfection and impermanence. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. A beauty of things unconventional. It is the opposite of vulgarity. The costs of achieving this kind of minimalism are seemingly inconsistent with its mission of aesthetic humility. This kind of luxury is for a select few: The Emperor of Japan had a wabi garden. Wabi is for people who already have a lot.

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