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48 Wooden headrest

Zimbabwe, Shona
First half of the twentieth century or later

A large wooden headrest with a double lobed base sloping upwards towards a slightly concave surface on which stand two supports consisting of two wide rectangular panels joined by a horizontal bar three-quarters of the way up. The panels are decorated in a honeycomb pattern consisting of a linear design essentially horizontal on one side and vertical on the other, intersected with a double pattern of diagonal lines all of which form a pattern of concave triangles. The platform slopes towards the head of the user and curves upwards and widens at the ends, which are decorated with inward sloping patterns of raised bands.

Private Collection loan 26

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