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.
- Northern Nguni
- Neckrest (Isicamelo)
- South Africa
- 17.8 × 44.5 × 16.1 cm (7 × 17 1/4 × 6 3/8 in.)
- Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson