African art > Chair, palaver seat, throne, stool > Luba stool

Luba/Songye Lupona stool (N° 21801)

Sacrality of the sculpted seats, prestige regalia, in primitive African art . A caryatid, a naked female figure, supports the circular plate with her arms. The statue is the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts). This stool named lupona , or kioni, kipona , kiona , according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where past and present are symbolically and spiritually mingled. It was once the seat on which the king was enthroned. The seats were arranged on leopard skins when the new leader was inaugurated. It was only after being seated there that his address assumed a royal and divine character. Apart from these exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and remained stored in secret places.
Satin patina, desiccation cracks, old break in one hand.
The birthplace of the Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river. They were born out of a secession from the Songhoy ethnic group. In the 16th century they created a state, organized in decentralized chiefdoms, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory with no real border which includes at most three villages.
Source "Africa, The Art of a Continent" ed. Prestel; "Luba" F. Neyt.  

Watch the video


This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost

Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm43
Width21 cm
Weight4.59 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

You could also be interested by these items
Masque LubaTable BamilekeStatuette LubaCoupe LubaSiège Songye

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts

You have question on this item ? contact us

Previously viewed items
African art  -  New York - Paris - London

© 2022 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73A Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100
visa Master CardPaypal