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47 Wooden headrest

Zimbabwe, Shona
First half of the twentieth century or later

Wooden headrest on a double lobed base with a flat central support composed of a central oval panel with concentric marks surrounding a zigzag design on one side and horizontal and vertical carved narrow bands on the other. This central panel is in the middle of an X-shaped motif with a central vertical bar. The platform curves upwards at the ends and has a convex upper plane with a panel of carved zigzags on its ends and rectangular pendants, which respectively mirror the designs on the central panel of the support. The platform slopes towards the head of the user.

Private Collection loan 27

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