MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Janusform Headrest
Object Name:
Headrest, Janusform
Other Name:
Headrest, Janusform
Place of Origin:
Azande, Republic of the Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.
H = 21—1/2"
W = 6—1/4"
D = 3—1/2"

The Zande, (also called Azande) are famous for decorating an array of everyday objects with figures or faces. Often anthropomorphic in character and design. Zande nobility used this type of neckrest. The two heads on either side serve to protect the sleeper.

Bacquart, P. 141, 143

Janusform headrest with crescent—shaped area, to house neck and head with each side. Bas—relief fades at each end with wedge—shaped nose on each head, bulgy slit eyes, protruding full lips. Shoulders extend into neck around ears. Dark patina over entire surface with buff—colored wear on edges.
Finley Collection
Wood W/Patina
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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