A Headrest Staff with Spoon

Tsonga

Zimbabwe, Mozambique or South Africa

13 x 78 cms

DESCRIPTION

Tsonga carvers excelled at making inventive and unusual multi use staffs. This finely carved example is a testament to the skill and aesthetic sensibilities of the carver, it required expertise and experience to create a headrest that would stand flat balancing the arm of the staff at one end and the bowl at the other. The well executed adze work on the base of the headrest shows were final adjustments must have been made to balance the piece perfectly.

For a reference on staffs with dual functions see: https://southafrica.co.za/staffs-with-dual-functions.html

Inv: SB001

CONDITION

It has had some repair to the area under the "pillow" of the headrest

Provenance

The late Lau Sunde, Gallery Ethnographica, Copenhagen, Denmark

DATE

19th century

Dimensions

13 x 78 cms

PRICE

PRICE ON REQUEST

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