"Mkhulu Mkwanazi Scallop Buttress No.1041: A Masterful Union of Elegance, Structure, and Zulu Cultural Legacy"

6.5 x 22 x 3 ″Combertum imberde (Leadwood) wood / Hand carved.Introducing the exquisite Mkhulu Mkwanazi Scallop Buttress headrest, a remarkable creation originating from the skilled hands of a master carver from Egxushaneni. This extraordinary piece showcases the beauty and intricacy of traditional Zulu craftsmanship, with a unique scalloped buttress design that sets it apart from other headrests.

The horizontal scalloped buttress, gracefully connecting the legs, displays an elegance that belies its structural function. Although positioned at ground level and reminiscent of a base, the thin, distinct design of the buttress further emphasizes its role in providing support and stability.

In this large-scale headrest, the legs are adorned with four horizontal grooves, which harmoniously link to similar, yet enlarged grooves on the scalloped buttress. This seamless integration of form and function highlights the exceptional skill of Mkhulu Mkwanazi, the revered carver behind this masterpiece.

Within the Zulu culture, the design of the headrest holds deep symbolic meaning, reflecting the interconnectedness of the individual with their community and their ancestors. The scalloped buttress serves as a metaphor for the strong foundation provided by one's heritage, while the harmonious integration of grooves represents the unification of the physical and spiritual realms.

Embrace the elegance, artistry, and cultural significance of the Mkhulu Mkwanazi Scallop Buttress headrest in your collection. This extraordinary piece is a testament to the rich history, beliefs, and artistic mastery of the Zulu people, imbuing any space with an aura of grace, strength, and cultural resonance.

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Nettleton, Anitra. 2007. African Dream Machines: Style, Identity and Meaning of African Headrests. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.


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Dimensions 3.0 × 22.0 × 6.5 in



Combertum imberde (Leadwood) wood / Hand carved.


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