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Stools are numerous in tribal art. Some are of the caryatid type, sitting supported by a statue, others are of the purely usual type such as the beaded Bamileke stools used in the chieftaincy by the notables. Chairs, stools and thrones of all African ethnic groups are real collector's items. They are now magnificent decorative objects in an interior, whatever the style.


Seat caryatide Pende
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Reduced size for this personal furniture object where the foot takes the form of a female figure in a kneeling position. According to Marc Léo Félix, however, few are the seats of dignitaries, because they were buried with their holders. The face here presents the famous look 'zanze' with the half-closed eyes found on the hanging masks. Dark patina abraded.

The seed live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya, realistic, produced every ten years, have a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the ...


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Luba / Zula Kipona seat
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Ex-collection British African tribal art.
Sacrality of the carved seats, regalia of prestige, in the primitive African art. A female figure squatting with legs widely apart (Zula style), supporting the tray of a circular seat, forms the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts). The protruding scarification marks converging towards the umbilicus, the "center of the world" associated with lineage, bear witness to notions of fertility. This stool named lupona ,or kioni ,kipona , kiona , according to the sources, is the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and the protecting spirits and ancestors, where past and present symbolically and spiritually mingle. It once formed the foundation on which the king was enthroned. The seats were laid out on leopard skins ...


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Dogon stool
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The usual objects in African art.
Five angular feet form the center of this Dogon seat made of a very dense wood. The seat, polished by use, offers a light brown golden patina. Slight cracks, missing at the base. The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). The villages are often perched on the top of scree on the side of hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of the migrations and settlements of the Dogon (about ten main groups, about fifteen different languages), involves several hypotheses. For some ...


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Tabouret caryatide Luba/ Hemba Lupona / Kipona
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Kneeling and supporting the circular tray of a seat, a female figure forms the receptacle of a deceased sovereign leader (Luba, Roberts). The scarifications of the female figure, protruding, on spikes, surround the umbilical, the centre of the world. associated with lineage, and those of the lower abdomen, horizontal, symbolize fertility. This stool named lupona , or kioni or kipona, kiona, according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually past and present mingle. It was once the seat on which the king was inducted mulopwe. The seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new leader. It was only after sitting there that his address was royal and divine. Apart ...

Luba Lupona seat
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Supporting with her fingers placed in a fan shape the circular tray of a seat, a female figure forms the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts), a child at her side. Carved in a very dense wood. Dark patina with red highlights, cracks.
This stool named lupona ,or kioni or kipona , kiona and still kitenta ("seat of authority"), according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and the protective spirits and ancestors, where the past and present are symbolically and spiritually mixed. It was once the seat on which the Mulopwe king was enthroned. The seats were placed on leopard skins during the investiture of the new chief. It was only after he was seated that his speech took on a royal and divine character. Apart from these ...


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Luba Lupona caryatide seat
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African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Kipona Tabouret

Kneeling, a female effigy, "recepacle of a deceased sovereign leader" (Luba, Roberts) supports the circular tray resting on its cylindrical headdress. The protruding scarifications in the ears converging on the umbilical, "centre of the world" associated with lineage, those of the lower abdomen, the fullness of volumes, symbolize fertility. This stool, named lupona, or kioni or kipona, kiona , according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually intermingle past and present. It once formed the foundation upon which the king mulopwe was inducted. Seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new leader. It was only after sitting there that his speech took on a ...


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Tabouret Luba/ Hemba Lupona, Kihona
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Carrying the circular tray of a seat, a female figure forms the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts). The protruding, spiky scarifications surround the umbilicus, "center of the world" associated with lineage, and those of the lower abdomen, horizontal, symbolize fertility. This stool named lupona ,or kioni or kipona , kiona , depending on the source, constitutes the meeting point of the ruler, his people, and the protective spirits and ancestors, where past and present are symbolically and spiritually mixed. It once formed the seat on which the king mulopwe was enthroned. The seats were laid out on leopard skins during the investiture of the new chief. Only after sitting on it did his speech assume a royal and divine character. Apart from these exceptional ...

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Senoufo stool
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Among the African furniture items of daily use is an ancient senoufo seat from the Ivory Coast, with a very low, rectangular seat supported by four massive legs. This type of stool for individual use, often carved from shea wood, marked the social rank of its owner and was not lent under any circumstances.
Mainly farmers, the Senoufo group lives in a savannah region that covers southern Mali and Burkina Faso, and northern Côte d'Ivoire. It includes about fifty sub-ethnic groups. The Senufo speak a Voltaic language, Gur, like the Lobi and Koulango. Councils of elders, headed by an elected chief, administer Senufo villages. Governed by matrilineal traditions, they are composed of clusters of dwellings named katiolo. Each has its own Poro association that initiates young boys ...


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Headrest Luba / Zela, Zula
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The Luba are famous in particular for their neck rests and stools made of a caryatid figure. The neck rests protecting the headdresses during the night were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. A female figure crouching with legs widely apart (Zula style), supporting the curved support, forms the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts). The effigy embodies the spirit of an ancestor, vidiye and is topped with braids pulled backwards. Locally abraded oiled patina, orange reflections, residual ochre incrustations.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, hence the name (Baluba, which means ...


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Lobi Stool
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Among the African furniture items of daily use, an ancient lobi seat from Burkina Faso, which five angular legs support. This type of stool for individual use marked the social rank of its owner and was not lent in any case.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped together under the name "Lobi", form one fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Although they are not very numerous in Ghana, they have also settled in the north of the Ivory Coast. It was at the end of the 18th century that the Lobi, coming from northern Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, Dian, Gan and Birifor.
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Dogon Tabouret
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Among the traditional seats of African art, this Malian stool with a matte ocrée patina.br-The body of this seat is sculpted with ribbed diamond motifs at salient angles. The broken lines refer to the dogon cosmogony. Eroded concave plateau.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, esotericism, myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina (northwest of Ouahigouya). Villages are often perched atop the scree at the edge of the hills, according to a unique architecture. The history of migration and the facilities of the Dogon (about ten main groups, fifteen different languages), relates to several hypotheses. ...


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Zande caryatid stool
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Formerly known as "Niam-Niam" because considered as cannibals, the tribes grouped under the name of Zande, Azande, settled, coming from Chad, on the border of the DRC (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs the man would be endowed with two souls, one of which transforms when he dies as an animal-totem of the clan to which he belongs. A seated figure supports a circular seat glossed by use. The statue with circled eyes of kaolin has a convex abdomen, and a body with somewhat zoomorphic characteristics. Brass nails emphasize the bust and legs. A wide circular base supports everything. The African tribal art of Zande, or "those who own a lot of land", apart from their art of court composed of spoons, receptacles, pipes and harps, marked by the influence ...


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Chokwe Women s Caryatid Seat
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African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Tschokwe seat

Ex-collection German African art.
A piece of African furniture, monoxyl, this prestigious stool illustrates the attachment to ancestors, through the carved figure supporting the seat. It symbolizes power and fecundity through maternal lineage. The chiefs chokwe had a major function in propitiation rites for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects exalting power providing protection. The surface of the seat is inlaid with hundreds of upholstery nails. The metal also appears in the form of earrings and patterns on the face and shoulders of the carved effigy. Matt patina with orange reflections, residual ochre inlays. Cracks of desiccation.
Peacefully settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda Empire from which they ...

Luba Seat
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Sacredness of the carved seats, regalia of prestige, in the primitive African art.
This seat whose back is made up of a maternity figure is named lupona ,or kioni ,kipona , kiona , depending on the source. It symbolizes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and the protecting spirits and ancestors, where past and present spiritually mingle. It once formed the foundation on which the king was enthroned. The seats were laid out on leopard skins when the new chief was inaugurated. It was only after he sat down that his address took on a royal and divine character. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and were stored in secret locations.
Dark brown patina. Erosions and slight lacks.
The cradle of the Luba (Baluba in chiluba) ...


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Tabouret Baga
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Wide, gently curved seat for this everyday seat supported by four massive feet. The object is devoid of ornamentation. Use skate, cracking and abrasions.
Mixed with the Nalu and Landuman, the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. These Baga groups, based on the coast and living from rice farming, are made up of seven subgroups, including Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc. They believe in a creative god called Nagu, Naku, which they do not represent, and which is accompanied by a male spirit whose name is Somtup. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest. After the abandonment of ...


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Headquarters Tanzania Mbugu or Nyamwezi
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Attesting to the social origin of its owner, the African chair is a personal piece of furniture designed to enhance its prestige. It is therefore often decorated in its middle part with anthropomorphic or zoomorphic figures in relation to the founding myths and beliefs of the ethnic group. A monoxyle sculpture whose anthropomorphic foot resting on a cylindrical base depicts a young woman, mythical ancestor, with arms bent parallel to the bust, pupils encrusted with hollowed beads, the upper lip as if distended by a labret. She wears a finely engraved copper torque. The seat is highlighted on its outline by a double frieze of diamonds carved into the wood and its surface encrusted with brass shards forming harmonious decorative motifs. In the southern region of Tanzania's coastline, around ...

Ngala/Ngombe stool
African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Ngala stool

Seat collected in the region of Ngalas, Ngombe and Ngbaka. Statuettes representing a couple support the tray of the stool. Indigenous restorations with copper leaf. Satin patina, kaolin highlights. In northwestern Zaire, south of the Ubangi River, on the banks of the Lualaba, live the 120,000 Bantu-speaking Ngombe, led by a chief and a warrior society called Elombe. Their neighbors are the Ngbandi and Ngbaka whose statuary has influenced their tribal sculpture, and various Banda groups. Their masks of geometric appearance are used during the rites of the Mani society. They also produce hunting fetishes for protection, and prestigious objects decorated with tapestry nails.


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Luba Shankadi Headrest
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The Luba are renowned for their refined statuary and famous in particular for their neck supports and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. The seated figures, entwined, leaning on the toes of their opposite, symbolize the Luba royalty. The neck supports protecting the hairstyles at night were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The characters embody the spirit of an ancestor, vidiye and are endowed with a cascading Shankadi-style hairstyle. Brown patina with orange reflections, ochre residual inlays, cracks and abrasions.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means the Lubas). ...


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Tabouret à caryatide Songye Luhuna
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An ostentatious element and symbol of power, this type of seating was frequently used as a pedestal for mankishi fetishes (sing. nkishi). A figure in the image of fetishes, distinguished by its angular protrusions, and endowed with a face bearing the features of the Kifwebe mask, supports the circular tray. These seats were sometimes loaded with a bishimba at the head, umbilical or base. Smooth hot brown patina, erosions and desicit cracks.
In southwestern Congo, and in Angola and Zambia, each chief had a most often female caryatid seat, an image of fertility, fertility and matrilineal parentage. Three variants of the Kifwebe mask (pl. Bifwebe) or 'chasing death' (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see ...

Dogon pharmacopoeia box
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With three-foot moving shutters, this small-sized piece of furniture was probably designed to preserve active medicinal preparations prepared on the advice of elders who had been introduced to tree science or . jiridon. The walls are carved with figures of animals and mythical ancestors Nommos, geniuses associated with the creation of the world and guarantors of health and fertility, and a motif reminiscent of a moment of the induction of a Dogon priest. These sumboles are supposed to activate the healing power of the active ingredients. Dark brown patina.
The Dogons are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, ...


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Tabouret à caryatide Lupona / Kipona Luba/ Hemba
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A kneeling female figure forms the receptacle of a deceased sovereign leader (Luba, Roberts). It supports the circular tray whose center is eroded. The scarifications of the female figure, protruding, on spikes, surround the umbilical, the centre of the world. associated with lineage, and those of the lower abdomen, horizontal, symbolize fertility. This stool named lupona , or kioni or kipona, kiona, according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually past and present mingle. It was once the seat on which the king was inducted mulopwe. The seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new leader. It was only after sitting there that his address was royal and divine. ...





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