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Headdress - Wood - Bandiagara - Tellem - Mali

Headdress - Wood - Bandiagara - Tellem - Mali

Provenance: Jan Kusters collection, Netherland.
a XVth century Tellem rectangular headrest women used them to hold big ballots on their heads, with incised decoration, end handles , the holes to put a rope to fix under the chin. ..

Neckrests are among the oldest surviving wooden objects in Mali- West Africa. Found in burial caves in the Bandiagara cliffs , high above Dogon villages, neckrests are attributed to the Tellem people who preceded the Dogon in the cliff. The Tellem did not live in caves, but they used some for funerary rituals and burials, and others in which they built mud-brick granaries for millet storage.

Neckrests may have been objects of high status, because only a few caves on the Bandiagara contained them.
15 th century or earlier.
11th / 14th century.


This finely carved items is guaranteed genuine by David Norden a dealer with more than 25 years experience, and not made for decoration.
A written description and the stand ( when available) will be included in your package.

If you want come see it, or pick it up in Antwerp, otherwise you'll get FREE delivery worldwide, and a WRITTEN DESCRIPTION in each package. All my picture are as close to the original object as possible, and I always take pictures of cracks in the wood without trying to hide them and details. What you see is what you get.

Object Headdress
Indigenous object name Bandiagara
Ethnic group/ culture Tellem
Region/ country Mali
Material Wood
Period XVth century
Condition Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 27×9×7 cm
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