Tsonga, South Africa wooden headrest

Tsonga, South Africa wooden headrest

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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Tsonga , South Africa wooden headrest with fine glossy patina
Late 19th - Early 20th century

Size : 20.5 cm wide x 14.5 cm high x 9.5 cm deep
The region from which this headrest derives over-runs political borders and includes south-eastern Zimbabwe, southern Mozambique and north-eastern Transvaal. During the 19th century a great amount of migration occurred across these borders making it even more difficult to find a hard and fast single ethnic attribution.
However, a distinctive feature of the headrests made by the Tsonga-speaking peoples of this area is the carving of a vertical lug on both sides of the cross bar.
The patina on these headrests is a natural result of rubbing the wood that has been imbued with hair oil.
Height 14.50 cm (5.71 inches)
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