country: southern africa
size: 15.5" (39.4 cm) x 3.25" (8.3 cm)
provenance: private estate collection - california, usa
An Ngoni headrest of a stylized two-headed, low profile zoomorphic form, with incised geometric decorations. This fine Ngoni stool style is typical in form to the classical Ngoni headrests associated with the border region of south Tanzania. The Ngoni people are an ethnic group living in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, in southeast-central Africa. The Ngoni trace their origins to the Nguni and Zulu people of kwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The displacement of the Ngoni people in the great scattering following the Zulu wars had repercussions in social reorganization as far north as Malawi and Zambia. Some Ngoni groups migrated north from Southern Africa into the southern region of Tanzania & where they quickly established their unique artistic styles.