An Unusual South East African Carved Wood and Pokerwork Staff Finial
An Unusual South East African Carved Wood and Pokerwork Staff Finial

An Unusual South East African Carved Wood and Pokerwork Staff Finial

1800 to 1900 Mozambique / Zimbabwe

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An Unusual South East African Carved Wood and Pokerwork Staff Finial , depicting a seated male chief in a conical hat wearing a necklace . Probably Tsonga peoples , South Africa / Mozambique / Zimbabwe borders . Old dry shiny patina
19 th Century

Size : 18 cm high – 7 ins high
It is now thought that the Tsonga migrated to Natal from Southern Mozambique as early as the 1850’s . They were renowned for their wood carving and were soon producing artefacts often for sale to European settlers .
The conical headdress seen on this figure is occasionally carved on Tsonga staffs with male figures , but it is not known whether they are intended to depict unusual hairstyles or colonial hats , as it is only usual for Tsonga married women to have a peaked coiffure denoting their matrimonial status . This figure is seated on a European style chair , and outlined in poker work , he is wearing a chief’s necklace .
Dimensions
Height 18.00 cm (7.09 inches)
Medium
wood
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