19th Century Shona Carved Wood Headrest

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W-19 D-5 H-15 (cm)

Item Reference:

58317-883-3Tip! This item's Ref-Code breaks down thus...
Item Ref Code: 58317-883-3
Item No. 58317 - Dealer No. 883 - Building No. 3


A 19th Century Shona carved wood headrest from Zimbabwe. Ornately carved to front and back with organic geometric motifs. It has a wonderful patina and colour. These headrests were carried by the young men of the Shona tribe, usually presented to them at 'Initiation' to manhood, and were carried throughout their lives, often being buried with them at death. Compare this item with items held by the British Museum. There is a repair to a small part of the top (as per photo)., but this piece remains a standout and rare item. It has been in the same ownership for the last 50 years.


Item Reference
Height: 15 cm
Width: 19 cm
Depth: 5 cm
19th Century
Tropical Hardwoods
Country of Origin
Superb colour and patination. Old repair to small area of breakage to top edge


  • Free Collection from Hemswell, North Lincolnshire (we can store free of charge for four weeks)
  • UK Post for £15, this applies to smaller items that we can box up and simply post to you.
  • UK Courier for £30, this applies to larger items that can be boxed up and collected by a standard courier delivery company.
  • UK Van Delivery by Hand, this applies to furniture, large items or delicate items. This is undertaken by ourselves or by a fully insured van delivery company that is personally known to us. Prices dependant on your location and size/amount of items purchased.

We are able to deliver any item to anywhere in the World, and so for any item/location, we are able to obtain quotes for delivery/shipping.

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