Neckrest (Isicamelo)

A work made of wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood.

Date:

19th century

Artist:

Zulu
South Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa

About this artwork

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, a neckrest formed part of a bride’s dowry. Though highly abstracted, the form of this example appropriately evokes a bull, a source of wealth and a means of ancestral communication. However, its exceptionally large size suggests that this neckrest may have been a nonfunctional prestige object in the treasury of a nobleman.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Northern Nguni

Title

Neckrest (Isicamelo)

Origin

South Africa

Date

1801–1900

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

17.8 × 44.5 × 16.1 cm (7 × 17 1/4 × 6 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1996.434

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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