Two South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest's
Two South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest's
Two South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest's
Two South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest's
Two South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest's
Two South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest's
Two South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest's
Two South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest's
Two South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest's

Two South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest's

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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A South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest of Architectural Form
Superb old smooth rich brown patina
19th Century

Size: 11cm high, 13.5cm wide, 5.5cm deep - 4¼ ins high, 5¼ ins wide, 2¼ ins deep

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A South African Shona / Tsonga Carved Wood Headrest of Architectural Form
Old silky smooth dark brown patina
19th Century

Size: 13.5cm high, 14cm wide, 7cm deep - 5¼ ins high, 5½ ins wide, 2¾ ins deep
Provenance:
Ex Private English collection
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 7, item no. 28, for another example
Headrests are often used by men to protect their elaborate hairstyles and over time the wood becomes saturated with hair oils giving a dark, smooth and glossy patina to the surface. Headrests act as a ‘support of dreams’. They are important instruments of mediation between the living and the ancestors, and gradually became the sleeping user's spiritual representative.
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