Southern African Tsonga Wood Headrest carved with an interesting combination of geometric forms . Old dry shiny patina

Southern African Tsonga Wood Headrest carved with an interesting combination of geometric forms . Old dry shiny patina

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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Southern African Tsonga Wood Headrest carved with an interesting combination of geometric forms . Old dry shiny patina
19 th Century

Size : 15 cm high , 14 cm wide – 6 ins high , 5½ ins wide
Tsonga neck rests are the most varied in the design of their support structures in all Southern Africa . The territory of the Tsonga peoples extends across the boundaries of Southern
Mozambique , South eastern Zimbabwe and the North eastern Transvaal complicating any study of the regional stylistic variations of their headrests .
Headrests were very personalized spiritual objects that became so much a part of their owner that on death , in most instances , it was buried with them . In some rare instances it was kept as a communicating vehicle that could provide contact with the ancestor .
Dimensions
Height 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Width 14.00 cm (5.51 inches)
Medium
wood
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