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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