African carved wooden stool
Old African hand carved stool, traditionally used by Anciant Africans to rest their heads. Stools (headrests) were used as pillow. They also helped to protect elaborate hairstyles. As a personal object, it has become part of the individual. In many instances, such artifacts were buried with their owners along with other personal items. Sometimes the headrest was passed on to the heir, who would treat it with respect because this wooden piece embodies the spirit of the deceased person.