LUBA STOOL 46, DRC

Photographs © Tim Hamill

LUBA
STOOL 46
9" high
$ 400
SOLD

This is a small but beautifully carved stool.

Most Luba art relates to kings and important chiefs, who defined their power by the display of prestige objects during important ceremonies. Stools were among the most important of these objects. The ruler was literally as well as figuratively supported by a female caryatid figure, which also symbolizes the continuity of power in a matrilineal society. Elaborate coiffures and scarification patterns attested to the high rank of both the depicted female and the owner of the stool. These stools are among the most prized in Africa.

Despite its appearance this Luba stool shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.

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