LUBA (and TABWA) STYLE STOOLS

Despite their wonderful forms and quality of carving, we believe these stools were made to be sold.


 
TABWA STYLE
Stool 31
13.5" high
$1000
 

 

 LUBA STYLE
Stool 54
14-15" high
$600

LUBA/TABWA STYLE
Stool 55
13.5" high
$600


 

LUBA STYLE
Stool 56
13.5" high
$600

 

 LUBA/TABWA STYLE
Stool 57
12.75" high
$600

LUBA STYLE
Stool 58
18.5" high
$500


 

LUBA STYLE
Stool 47
13.5" high
$500

 

 LUBA STYLE
Stool 49
12.75" high
$300

LUBA/TABWA STYLE
Stool 29
13.5" high
$500


 

LUBA STYLE
Stool 1
18" high
$500



TABWA STYLE
Stool 2
15.5" high
$400



LUBA STYLE
Stool 7
15.5" high
$450




LUBA COUPLES STOOLS, DRC

 

LUBA STYLE
Stool 10
18.5" high
$400

LUBA STYLE
Stool 39
17" high
$700


 LUBA STYLE
Stool 41
14" high
$800

 LUBA STYLE
Stool 44
13" high
$600
 

 LUBA STYLE
Stool 45
11" high
$250

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

LUBA and TABWA STYLE STOOLS, 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. Stools like these are among the most prized in Africa. The Luba are also known for their figurative headrests, which helped to protect their elaborate hair styles.

Numbers 29-33, 35, 38, 55 and 57 have disctinctly Tabwa hairstyles

 

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