A Very Fine Carved Wooden Central Shona , Zimbabwe , Headrest 'Mutsago'

A Very Fine Carved Wooden Central Shona , Zimbabwe , Headrest 'Mutsago'

1800 to 1900 Shona , Zimbabwe

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A Very Fine Carved Wooden Central Shona , Zimbabwe , Headrest ‘Mutsago’ . Rich old patina . Old crack to base .
Southern Africa
Late 19 th Century

Size : 13 cm high , 18.5 cm wide , 7 cm deep – 5 ins high , 7¼ wide , 2¾ ins deep
Provenace : Old English collection , brought back in the early 20 th century
A very similar headrest is in the National Museum of Natural History , Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. and was collected by William Harvey 'curio' Brown in 1893 in Chief Mushayamombe's area of the central Shona lands , Zimbabwe .
Another bearing distinct similarities to this example was photographed by the Frobenius expedition in 1928 . It shows a Nohwe Shona man sleeping on his side using it for it's intended purpose .
Dimensions
Height 13.00 cm (5.12 inches)
Medium
wood
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