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Zulu headrest, izigqki, South Africa
18" long x 5.5" tall
wood, pokerwork
early to mid 20th century, definite signs of age and use
Ex Pucker Gallery, Boston, MA

SOLD


An uncommon example with wonderful pokerwork design on both sides of
the headrest. The name that appears on the headrest appears to be
"CALTEX".

"Objects among the Zulu were personal. Some were made expressly for their owners, and
would become, in time, closely linked with that person's identity by association and a lifetime's
use. A headrest, for example, may have been brought by a bride from her parent's homestead
as a betrothal gift to her husband's homestead. The headrest would be regarded as a link to
her father's spirit and the
amadlozi, her forebears' spirits." - Karl Nel, The Art of Southeast
Africa

Examples of similar headrests for comparison can be found in the Calverton Collection of African Headrests.
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