Early 20th Century Zulu Neck Rest

Early 20th Century Zulu Neck Rest


Beautifully carved early 20th Century Zulu neck rest.

It’s unusual to find a three-legged version of these sculptural neck rests, which were used to elevate elaborate hair styles while sleeping. Brancusi found much inspiration in these works.

Neck rests also hold spiritual symbolism as they are believed to link the owner to the ground, and in some societies believed to function as a channel by which ancestors transferred dreams to the owner.

Material: Wood

Era: 1920 - 1930

Origin: South Africa

Dimensions: 19.5” width, 2.5” depth, 4” height

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