LUBA STYLE COUPLES STOOL 45, DRC

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

LUBA STYLE STOOL 45
11" high x 8" wide x 8" deep
$250, DRC

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. The Luba are also known for their figurative headrests, which helped to protect their elaborate hair styles.

There is a repaired crack on the top and several chunks missing from the base.

Despite its appearance, we believe that this wonderful stool was made to be sold.

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