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Zulu Headrest Isigqiki Wide Legs South African Artifact

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Brand Unbranded
Title Zulu Headrest Isigqiki Wide Legs South African Artifact
Type of Object Headrest
Country of Origin South Africa
People Zulu
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Height (in) 5.25
Width (in) 4.25
Depth (in) 12
Dimensions Height: 5.25 Inches
Width: 4.25 Inches
Depth: 12 Inches
Overall Condition fair
Damage/Repair scraped, chipped in places. several gouges

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