A South African North Nguni/Tsonga Carved Wooden Headrest

A South African North Nguni/Tsonga Carved Wooden Headrest

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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A South African North Nguni/Tsonga Carved Wooden Headrest
19th Century

Size: 13cm high, 10cm deep, 18.5cm wide – 5 ins high, 4 ins deep, 7¼ ins wide
cf catalogue no. 246 in ‘Art and Ambiguity’; Perspectives on the Brenthurst Collection; Johannesburg Art Gallery, 1991
Headrests ‘the support of dreams’ have a long history and tradition of use in Africa. They have been found in the tombs of the ancient Egyptians and in the Bandia Gara cliffs in Mali where tellem examples were found dating to the 11th and 13th centuries A.D. Early European travellers reported their use : Loyer commenting on the Assini people of the Gold Coast in 1701 states ‘they have only a few stools about a foot high which in the night serve them for pillows’.
Dimensions
Height 13.00 cm (5.12 inches)
Width 18.50 cm (7.28 inches)
Depth 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
Stock Code
F081
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