1 of 10 images

Early 20th Century Tribal Karamojong Wooden Neck Rest, Uganda


An elegant headrest with chain-link carrying strap from Uganda. Headrests are used by the nomadic tribes in the Karamoja Savannah and come in various forms. They range from the simple to the elaborately carved artifact. Their styles are similar to these found among the other nomadic people of Uganda, Sudan and Kenya, particularly among the Pokot, the Dinka, the Maasai, the Rendille and Turkana. Among these people, headrests and stools play a vital role among men and are carefully carved and carried everywhere they go. Headrests are used as a comfortable support to help protect ceremonial coiffures as well as to protect the user from insects and snakes. Headrests are also used as stools. As a personal object, the headrest has become a symbol of status and part of the individual's life. Usually, when a person died, they were buried with his headrest. Sometimes the headrest is passed on to his heir, who would treat it with respect because this wooden piece embodies the spirit of the deceased person. They are used by both men and women. We guarantee the authenticity of all our objects.


  • In the Style Of
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    Early to Mid-20th Century
  • Dimensions

    H 8 in. x W 4.5 in. x D 3 in.

    H 20.32 cm x W 11.43 cm x D 7.62 cm

  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2014
Typical response time: 6 hrs
Located in New York, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Early 20th Century Tribal Ethiopian Wooden Neck...
Ethiopian Tribal Art
Early 20th century Ethiopian tribal head rest from the Omo valley area. This neckrest is of a good size and height and has a satisfying patina. Headrest sometimes doubled as stool...
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Boomerang, ...
Australian Tribal Art
A lovely, elegantly carved hardwood boomerang. With its pointed arc silhouette, the weapon almost seems to depict an abstract avian form. Subtle striations run the length of the stic...
Early 20th Century Tribal Zulu Beaded Necklace
South African Tribal Art
A gorgeous Zulu beaded panel necklace showing excellent preservation. Soft pink and mild green interplay beautifully with black and white in central chevrons lined by red and blue bo...
Early 20th Century Tribal Kuba or Binji Pipe, D...
Congolese Collectibles and Curiosities
A beautiful interplay of raised planes and clustered incisions structures this impressive cephalomorphic Congolese pipe. Flowing line work textures the head, which joins with the bri...
You May Also Like
Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Ritual Scep...
Ghanaian Tribal Art
Aluminum, Iron, Wood
Offered by Zena Kruzick. Late 19th-Early 20th Century Tribal Ritual Scepter, Ashanti People of Ghana
Ao Naga Tribal Glass and Brass Trumpet Bead Nec...
Indian Collectible Jewelry
Brass, Natural Fiber, Glass
Ao Naga tribal glass and brass trumpet bead necklace early to mid-20th century Offered by Bruce Hughes. Tribal glass bead and brass trumpet bead necklace from the Ao Naga Tribe of Bu...
Early to Mid-20th Century Silver Tribal Bracele...
North African Tribal Art
Offered by Zena Kruzick Early to mid-20th century silver cuff tribal bracelet, Rashaida People, North Africa The Rashaida are nomads in Eritrea, north east Sudan and South of Egy...
Early to Mid-20th Century Tribal Glass-Beaded M...
Cameroonian Tribal Art
Shell, Beads
Offered by Zena Kruzick Early to mid-20th century tribal glass-beaded modesty apron cache-sexe, Bana Guili people, Mandara Mountains, Cameroon A colorful example of the modesty a...
Tribal Hand-Carved Lute or Sarangi, Gaine of Ne...
Nepalese Tribal Art
Animal Skin, Wood
Tribal hand-carved Lute or Sarangi. Likely from the Gaine caste of wandering musicians from the Nepal Himalaya region, early 20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This form of the l...
Tribal Mandau Sword with Scabbard from the Daya...
Indonesian Tribal Art
Steel, Antler, Rattan, Hardwood
Tribal Mandau sword with Scabbard from the Dayak of Borneo, early 20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. Called Mandau or Parang Ilang, these swords were traditionally the most prize...
Tribal Hand Carved Lute or Sarangi, the Santal ...
Indian Tribal Art
Tribal Hand Carved Musical Instrument - Lute or Sarangi - from the Santal of North India. Mid-20th Century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. This instrument is a single stringed lute from th...
Shaman Drum with Carved Wooden Handle, Nepal Hi...
Nepalese Tribal Art
Hide, Wood
Shaman drum with carved wooden handle. Nepal Himalaya, mid-20th century. Offered by Bruce Hughes. Typical of the drums used by shamans in the Himalayan regions of central and east Ne...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries