Calabar, Nigeria
10th -11th Century

This surreal terracotta headrest from an ancient era is truly a sight to behold. Several stylized faces adorn this object creating an abstract work of art that is quite unique. The sides are decorated showcasing the ambition of the creator. What is really amazing is that a millenium has passed and no damage has taken place; there are no restoration or repairs. CF. Earth and Ore Page 250 figure 488 for a similar example.

This headrest stands 5.5 inches tall.

SOLD /IN 10-2-09