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Zulu Headrest Isigqiki Three Legs African Art

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Title Zulu Headrest Isigqiki Three Legs African Art
Type of Object Headrest
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 5.75 Inches
Width: 5.25 Inches
Depth: 16 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and scuffs.


 Additional Information: This is a simply carved and a beautiful mid 20th century example that will add a unique neckrest in any collection. Zulu headrests are known as Isigqiki (Izigqiki) or Isicamelo, . Elaborate ones  are more likely associate  with the Chiefdoms. But anyone can have his / he headrest as a personal object. In the past a Zulu woman prior to her marriage would have a headrest carved for her future husband and one for herself and will be presented to her groom at their wedding, as par of the weddingtousseau (Umaho). A bride can also receive a headrest as a wedding present from her in-father-in-law. (see Lindsay Hooper, Domestic Arts: Carved wooden Objects in the Home. p. 87, in Zulu Treasures. Amagugu KaZulu. 1996, figs W45-W53


 See more similar examples in The Art of Southeast Africa from the Conru Collection, figs. 65-66


Dewey, William J. (ed), Sleeping Beauties, 1993, The Regents of the University of California, UCLA, Los Angeles, fig.78