The African Headrest forms part of The Arc's Found & Vintage collection of discovered treasures. While watching over livestock at night, men in East Africa use headrests. They may be carried during the day as a sign of status. African headrests are designed to cradle the neck and support the head. They protect coiffures and elevate the head for sleeping. Headrests display an amazing variety of shapes. With this particular piece, one sees the original form of the tree trunk or branch from which it was carved.