Title: Headrest (ngachar or chemperit)
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00083133/00001
 Material Information
Title: Headrest (ngachar or chemperit)
Physical Description: Wood, glass beads, leather approx: 7 x 3 1/2 in. (17.8 x 8.9 cm), 2005.28.46
Creator: Pokot People, 20th Century
Subject: Exhibition -- Between the Beads: Reading African Beadwork
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- Kenya
Abstract: The Pokot are a nomadic herding group for whom personal adornment and personal property are critical for conveying group identity. Young Pokot men spend hours grooming their hair and the hair of their age-mates. The intricacy of their hairdos and headdresses convey ideas of masculinity, strength, and courage, as well as the man’s identity as a Pokot person. To preserve the hairdo it is essential to have a headrest that the owner can carry with him while he tends his herds. The beaded adornments on the headrest indicate that he is a Pokot man of a certain age, and each has a unique configuration specific to the owner and his kin.
Donation: Gift of Katheryne Loughran and John Loughran, President of Foundation for Cross Cultural Understanding
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00083133
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Holding Location: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: 2005.28.46


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