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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Carved of redwood with some old damage to the base
Superb silky smooth patination
Size: 17.5cm high, 13cm wide, 7cm deep – 7 ins high, 5 ins wide, 2¾ ins deep
cf: Art and Ambiguity The Brenthurst Collection; page 70, fig 58, shows a similar example
Art of Southeast Africa; 2002, catalogue no. 51, for another antelope headrest
The carving of wood was an exclusively male occupation and headrests provided considerable scope for the skill of a carver to elaborate on various local styles. Representational animal figures, mostly of antelope and cattle, appear very rarely in the art of South African headrests. However, because of their appeal to western aesthetic sensibilities they appear in museums and collections in numbers that outweigh any properly balanced selection.