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Zulu Beaded Headrest Black and Yellow Isigqiki South African

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Title Zulu Beaded Headrest Black and Yellow Isigqiki South African
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials Wood, glass beads
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Height (in) 3.75
Width (in) 7.75
Overall Condition Fair to good. 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 missing beads

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