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Stools are numerous in tribal art. Some of the caryatid type, sitting supported by a statue, others of the usual type pure as Bamileke beaded stools used in chieftaincy by the notables.


Tikar s prestigious bronze tab
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Attesting to the social origin of its owner, the African chair is a 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. The specimen presented is formed of a ring on which five graceful caryatid figures, perched on heads, support with their arms raised a circular seat. The tray is engraved with regular concentric motifs and broken lines, and drawings of cauris, symbols of wealth. The characters with the filiform body have a voluminous head typical of Cameroonian statuary.
The Tikars populate the western part of central Cameroon, which lies within the dense secondary forest of medium altitude, along the Mbam. Within this ...

Bronze Prestige StoolTikar
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African art > African Chair > Bronze Prestige StoolTikar

Attesting to the social origin of the owner, the African chair is an object intended 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. The copy presented consists of a work with a ring on which five long-form caryatid figures, perched on heads, support with their raised arms a circular seat. This upper part is engraved with regular concentric patterns and broken lines. The characters with the filiform body present a voluminous head typical of Cameroonian statuary.
The Tikars inhabit the western part of central Cameroon which lies within the medium-altitude secondary dense forest along the Mbam. Within this ecotone, the 'tikar plaine' (which takes ...


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Tabouret Basumba / Bassikassingo
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In homage to their heroic ancestors, the hunter clans, present before the arrival of the Bembé in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo 18th century, have carved statues named misi . The latter, endowed with a triangular face and protruding eyes, form the caryatid subject of this stool. Matte wood, many desication cracks mainly on the seat that has been restored locally (aluminum tongue). Lack on the base.
Fral flows have mixed Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo , Binji and Bangubangu within the same territories. The Basikasingo, considered by some to be a Buyu sub-clan, are not of bembe origin, however, as Biebuyck's work has helped to trace their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of Bwami from the Lega. The bembé and boyo traditions are relatively ...

Chokwe neck support
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African art > Head rest > Tschokwe neck press

African tribal sculpture, an element of African furniture to preserve the voluminous chokwe headdresses, it stands out thanks to its clean shapes of a beautiful symmetry and its contours that many small tapestry nails emphasize with refinement. Each end of the seat is sheathed with copper slats. Polished patina and shiny mahogany brown. Slight desication cracks.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new hierarchical system and the sanctity of power. Nevertheless, the Chokwé never fully embraced these new social and political contributions. Three centuries later, they eventually seized the capital of the Lunda, weakened by internal conflicts, thus contributing to the ...


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Chokwe Chest, Tschokwe
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African art > African Chair > Chokwe Chest

The chest with metal inlays and veneers is topped with an effigy of the mythical hero, founder of the ethnic group, Chibinda Ilunga, sporting a large headdress ( cipenya-mutwe or chipangula) which consisted of a frame of wicker covered with fabric, brass, leather, and beads. The dignitaries presented themselves cross-legged in suits, as confirmed by an African proverb: "The former seated with his legs crossed wishes to be greeted with respect" " By the allusion to the circle of his crossed legs, the chief conveys the blessings of a life in full orbit. " ("The Kongo" gesture, ed. Dapper Museum) The chief claps his hands as a sign of welcome and to signal his interest in a matter of importance.
Depictions of the chihongo mask also appear on this prestigious piece of furniture.


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Chokwe caryatide seat
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African art > African Chair > Tabouret Tschokwe

A piece of African furniture, monoxyle, this prestigious stool illustrates attachment to ancestors, through the central sculpted figure. The latter symbolizes power and fertility through maternal lineage. The chiefs chokwe had a major function in the rites of propitiation intended for the hunting and fertility of women, objects exalting the power providing protection.
The chair is lined with a thick sheet of cuive with engraved decorative motifs. The metal also appears in the form of caryatid jewelry and upholstery nails around the edges of the seat and base. Light wood brown grey. Abrasions, cracks, moderate xylophageal footprints.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they inherited a new ...


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Tabouret Chokwe
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African art > African Chair > Sitting Chokwe

Among the regalia of dignitaries, this carved stool illustrates the importance given to the prestige of its owner. The protection of ancestors is invoked through carved effigies. The central figure at the top appears to be Chibinda Ilunga, a mythical hunter and hero and founder of the Chokwé ethnic group. The chiefs had a major function in the rites of propitiation intended for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects being decorated with this figure therefore presumably having a protective function. Different scenes adorn the base, featuring protective spirits akishi . The seat of the chair, clearer, is encrusted with small upholstery nails forming the traditional cruciform motif of the Tschokwe appearing on the masks of the ethnic group. Brilliant black patina.br-Peacefully ...


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Bamileke Ceremonial Stool / Bamum "Kuo koko"
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In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This monoxyle seat consists of a caryatid zoomorphic base and figure supporting the seating tray. br-A basic structure is carved from wood and then covered, above a canvas of rabane, with a lattice of imported pearls.

Situated in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon , the Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun, or Bamum and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which has broad powers. Among the Bamilékés of Sudano-Bantous origin as in other ethnic groups, the art objects attested to the place of their owner ...


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Luba neck support
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African art > Head rest > Luba neck support

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure holding, with the help of arms and skull, a circular seat. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex hairstyle of its owner refer to the luba royalty. They are depicted entwined in a face-to-face. Light brown satin skate.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Tabouret Baga
African art > African Chair > Tabouret Baga

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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African art > African Chair > Tanzania Headquarters

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 ...


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Dinka / Lotuko Sudan neck end
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African art > Head rest > Sudan neck support

This piece of furniture, evoking an animal with three graceful slanted feet, and whose center of the oblong tray curves, was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner. Its structure simply takes the shape of the branches of the tree. A prestigious object of the nomads also used as a stool, it also affirmed their social status and was part of the dowry of the bride-to-be. Glossy black-brown patina with warm highlights. Little information has been gathered about this animist people, farmers and pastoralists of southern Sudan, living in the Nile Basin. Some of these East African tribes were virtually wiped out by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade.

Polychrome Yoruba Table / Tabouret
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African art > African Chair > Yoruba Seat

Equestrian sculptures, symbols of authority in African art
Focused on the veneration of its gods, or oristo, the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko) including many statues. They are designed by sculptors at the request of followers, soothsayers and their customers. These spirits are supposed to intercede with the supreme god Olodumare.
This sitting, or table, is supported by cariatisoid figures, a horseman's sculpture in the center, surrounded by subjects: Metaphor of the speed of communication between the soothsayer and the god of divination, or a purely symbolic and decorative figure, the sculpted motifs were generally read only by the followers, depending on the context of ritual use.
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Luba Lupona caryatide seat
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African art > African Chair > 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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Lobi Stool
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The usual objects in African art.

Stools and neckrests are famous pieces in African art. Indeed, their design can vary greatly depending on the regions and ethnic groups from which they come. This piece is, like the general look conveyed in the lobi statuary, simple and solid design. The slightly curved seat is supported by four feet. The patina is clear and worn on the friction areas. The Lobi are a famous people of Burkina Faso, especially for its particular statues named Bateba, represented arms spread or raised to the sky and intended to protect the home or the village at the entrance of which they are placed.


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Yoruba dignitary seat
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Prestige of furniture, seats and stools in African art
This sitting featuring cariatid figures and bird sculptures associated with divination ifa has a recurring iconography in the statuary of the Yoruba people. Indeed, centered on the veneration of its gods, or orisà , the Yoruba religion relies on artistic sculptures with coded messages (aroko), often read by the only initiates of secret societies. Six caryatids support the seat of their raised arms, four support the armrests, while human figures are depicted leaning on the rear studs of the seat. A polychromy distinguishes this piece of tribal art, the red pigments symbolizing blood and fire, here associated with green. Glossy dark brown patina, kaolin pigments, indigenous restorations (metal staples on the tray and arms)


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Bamileke s ceremonial tab
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African art > African Chair > Table Bamileke

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This cult seat, monoxyle, consists of a circular base and seat supported by figures leaning on top of one another. The interior is hollowed out.
A basic structure is carved into wood and then covered, above a rabane canvas, with an imported bead lattice whose colours correspond to the different chiefdoms.

Located in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon, The Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which has broad powers. Among The Bamilékés of Sudano-Bantous ...


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Lobi Funeral Bed
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Very beautiful element of African furniture, this old bed or bench for funeral rituals presents an exceptional glossy honey patina. A bird's head, a beak ajar, adorns the end with a neck rest. Four massive feet support the plateau of the layer to which erosion has conferred an appearance of sinuousness.
The populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name " lobi ", make up one-fifth of the inhabitants of Burkina Faso. Few in Ghana, they have also settled in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the 18th century that the Lobi, from North Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, the Dian, the Gan and the Birifor. The Lobi believe in a creator God named Thangba Thu , to whom they address through the worship of many intermediate spirits, ...


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Bamileke Pageant Tabula " Kuo Koko"
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African art > African Chair > Table Bamileke

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This large cult seat, monoxyle, consists of a base and a circular plateau connected by four characters acting as curved caryatids leaning on top of one another. The interior is hollowed out.
A basic structure is carved into wood and then covered, above a rabane canvas, with an imported bead lattice whose colours correspond to the different chiefdoms.

Located in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon, The Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which has broad ...


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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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Seated - Bamileke beaded royal table
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African art and Bamileke royal ceremonies.

This seat or prestige table, with a circular seat, was intended for the digesters of the king's entourage. Its walls are decorated with carved motifs evoking snakes. It was also used as a support for large figures covered with beads. The piece is set with thousands of pearls and cauris whose colors refer to the chiefdoms.

Located in the border region of Nigeria, the northwestern province of Cameroon, Grassland is made up of several ethnic groups: Tikar, Anyang, Widekum, Chamba, Bamoun and Bamileke. Several centralized chiefdoms, or kingdoms, based on customary associations, secret societies, are organized around the Fon which would have broad supernatural powers including that of being able to transform into an animal such ...





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