African ivory miniature headrest, 19th century

$340.00 AUD

African ivory miniature model of a traditional headrest, with five supporting columns & curved neck platform.

19th century

 

Provenance: from an old Australian collection, with nice patination & signs of age.

 

Condition

Size

5cm wide, 3.5cm high

References

This headrest follows the Ghanaian shape but has elements of southeast African decoration. Cross-cultural styles like this were used in South Africa. Headrests were used by African men of fairly high status and were significant personal objects, protecting the owner’s head and hairstyle.

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