Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Headrest

Date:
19th–20th century
Geography:
South Africa or Swaziland
Culture:
Swazi or Zulu or Nguni peoples
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H. 5 1/2 x W. 23 7/8 x D. 4 in. (14 x 60.6 x 10.2 cm)
Classification:
Wood-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of John B. Elliott through the Mercer Trust, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.160.53a, b
Not on view
Headrests have been used to protect elaborate coiffures that can relay the status, gender, and age of the wearer. The designs developed by regional carvers are remarkably diverse in both form and style. This example is distinctive for its elegant form and the fact that it features a storage compartment for the owner's valuables.
John B. Elliott, Princeton, NJ, until (d.) 1997; the Mercer Trust, 1997–2000

Related Objects

Headrest

Date: 20th century Medium: Wood Accession: 1993.384.8 On view in:Not on view

Lidded Vessel

Date: 19th century Medium: Wood Accession: 2013.165a, b On view in:Gallery 352

Headrest

Date: 19th–20th century Medium: Wood Accession: 2001.759.3 On view in:Gallery 352

Headrest

Date: 19th–20th century Medium: Wood Accession: 1999.47.101 On view in:Gallery 352

Headrest: Female Caryatid Figure

Date: 19th century Medium: Wood, beads Accession: 1981.399 On view in:Gallery 352