A Fine Tsonga / Shona, Mosambique / Zimbabwe Carved Wood Headrest

A Fine Tsonga / Shona, Mosambique / Zimbabwe Carved Wood Headrest

1800 to 1900 Tsonga / Shona, Mosambique / Zimbabwe

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A Fine Tsonga / Shona, Mosambique / Zimbabwe Carved Wood Headrest
Fine old dark crusty patina
19th Century

Size : 11 cm high, 15 cm wide, 5 cm deep – 4¼ ins high, 6 ins wide, 2 ins deep

The patination on this headrest is exceptional being obtained by continuous and prolonged use. The wood often becomes saturated with the hair oils of the male owner and gradually takes on the identity of the sleeper eventually becoming the individuals spiritual representative. The headrest is therefore an important instrument of mediation allowing communication between the living and ancestors. The headrest acts as the 'support of dreams'.

Dimensions
Height 11.00 cm (4.33 inches)
Width 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Depth 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Medium
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