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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.


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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African art > African Chair > Lobi Stool

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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African art > African Chair > Throne Yoruba

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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Tikar s prestigious bronze tab
African art > African Chair > Tikar Seat

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 ...


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Lobi Funeral Bed
African art > African Chair > African bench

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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480.00

Bamileke Pageant Tabula " Kuo Koko"
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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780.00

Luba neck support
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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Dogon Tabouret
African art > African Chair > Dogon Seat

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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150.00

Seated - Bamileke beaded royal table
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African art > African Chair > Tabouret Bamileke

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 ...

Large Bamileke table stool
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African art > African Chair > Bamoun Table

Ex-collection French tribal art.
African Art and Bamileke
Ad ceremonies 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 as the python, the elephant , the leopard, or the buffalo. A religious leader, he is also a judge and a warlord. His position, however, included many obligations that he had to fulfil in order not to be put to death. The Afo Akom , seat - totem of induction carved from the advent of the king , is to this day ...


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Lobi chair
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Ex. French private collection
African tribal art among Lobi
The furniture is an artistic medium in its own right in African art.
Three-foot, high-backed three-foot chair. The rounded ends and notches at the edges form the only decorative motifs of this minimalist piece. Use skate, clear and lustrous.
The use that had been made over the decades strengthened the close ties between the owner and the room so that at his death the seat was placed on the family altar and served as an interface to communicate with the soul of the deceased.


Populations of the same cultural region, grouped under the name " lobi ", make up one-fifth of Burkina Faso's population. Few in Ghana, they have also settled in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the ...


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Yorouba Tabouret
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African art > African Chair > Yoruba Tabouret

The use of the term Yorouba , derived from a Hausa word that referred to the yorouba of the northern kingdom of Oyo, dates from the mid-19th century, when it was popularized by missionaries. The history of the Yorouba was written mainly in favour of the kingdom of Oyo, which extended its hegemony over much of the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Yorouba language is not homogeneous throughout the territory: it consists of dialects that form three main families. The kingdoms of Oyo and Ijebu were born following the demise of the Ifé civilization and are still the basis of the Yoruba political structure. The Oyo created two cults centered on the societies Egungun and Sango, who venerate their gods, the Orisa , through ceremonies using masks, statuettes, sceptres and ...


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Dogon Stool
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African art > African Chair > Dogon Stool

The usual objects in African art.

Four female figures in relation to fertility and the mythical ancestor Nommo show the hourglass shape of this stool made in a very dense wood. Its slightly abraded and satiny surface, engraved with parallel lines, has over time adopted a light beige tone alternating with areas inlaid with white kaolin residues. Base is very slightly eroded and cracked. 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 south-west of the Niger loop in the Mopti region of Mali (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of northern Burkina Faso (northwest of Ouahigouya). ). Villages are often perched on top of the hillside scree, in a unique ...


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Chokwe Prestige Tabouret, Tschokwe
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African art > African Chair > Chokwe Tabouret

Ex-French African art collection.
The tray of this African ceremonial stool, materializing the power of the chieffale, brings together two sculptures in round-bump representing masks Cihongo , male counterpart of the female mask Chokwe Pwo. The headbands forming the tribal hairstyle support a circular seat whose outline is engraved with checkerboard motifs. Similar patterns form the scarifications inscribed on the faces. The chiefs had a major function in the propitiation rites intended for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects being adorned with this type of symbols thus, likely, a protective function. Cihongo masks were also worn during the collection of taxes owed to the chief, the latter granting individuals agricultural land and hunting areas. Abraded, glossy, ...

Mangbetu back-rest
African art > African Chair > Mangbetu back-rest

Ex-collection Swiss African art.
The ruler of the kingdoms of tribal Africa, not sitting on the ground in any way, a great diversity of seats were elaborated by the sculptors, such as this badge of sovereignty, cephalomorphic, embodying the power of the Chief Mangbetu. The seat from which arise two small brass domes associated with fertility, is supported by four feet. It is covered with oiled leather while the contours are embellished with large upholstery nails. The high hairstyle is characteristic of that of the Mangbetu aristocrats: from an early age, children were compressed from the cranial box by means of raffia bonds. Later, the Mangbetu \


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Wooden Log / Congo Kasai Mortar
African art > African Chair > Table Congo

Belgian African art collection.
Exceptional coin, very rare log in monoxyle wood, intended for various uses, including threshing and pounding of barks, branches and plant stems, such as raffia fibers. This object could be used as a flat support on which the damp barks were hammered, the hollows allowing to collect emulsions. The softened material lost its rough character. It could then be prepared and worked like a cloth. The peopleofs of Congo also used juice extracted from leaves, fresh stems and seeds, from certain plant species for medicinal purposes. Cleaned and scraped on the flat part of the log, a sap was pulled for therapeutic use. Some pigments may also have been prepared, crushed, for ritual use, kaolin residues are in fact embedded on the surface.  Thus the sorcerers ...


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Zande caryatid stool
African art > African Chair > Zande stool

Ex-collection French African art.
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, ...


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Bamileke Pageant Tabula "Kuo"
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African art > African Chair > Bamileke Tabouret

In African art, the Bamiléké demonstrate their know-how through the use of multicolored beads.
This large cult seat, monoxyle, consists of a circular base and seat 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 powers. ...





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