Zulu rifle headrest

South Africa | The art of a nation 2016

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Go behind the scenes to learn how this Zulu rifle-shaped headrest was repaired and conserved so it could be shown in our South African Art exhibition.


As conservators of organic artefacts we work on a wide variety of objects from the Museum’s archaeological, historic and contemporary collections. The types of objects we are regularly working on range therefore from basketry, bark cloths, wooden sculptures, textiles, Asian lacquered objects, paintings on canvas and wooden substrates but also human and animal remains, just to name a few.