Some sacred objects are for ceremonial purposes only while others, like this headrest from Zimbabwe, can be used as part of everyday life. It is carved in the geometric style primarily associated with the Tsonga and the Chopi of southern Africa. Headrests were used for elevating the head during sleep and were said to absorb a portion of the owner as they absorbed body oils from the sleeper. At the same time it brought the owner messages from the ancestors. Although the personal nature of the headrest meant that it was often buried with the owner, on occasion it was passed on to relatives to remain a connection to the ancestral realm.
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- Styles and cultures of the eastern area of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, that together with the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia) make up Eastern Africa.
- Shaped supports for the head either made as separate objects, as used in ancient Egypt and other African cultures, or as attachments to other objects, such as used on the backs of motor vehicle seats or barbers' chairs.