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Luba Hemba Stool Female Caryatid Congo African Art

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Product #: 122710
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Title Luba Hemba Stool Female Caryatid Congo African Art
Type of Object Stool
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Luba or Hemba
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 10.5 Inches
Width: 6 Inches
Depth: 7.25 Inches
Overall Condition Fair to Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Repairs to chest, cracks, bug damage and chips.


Additional Information: This stool is carved with a standing female figure, supporting a seat with her arms.  The standing female comes from a number of stylistically related groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo either the Luba subgroups or neighbors subtlety influenced by Luba art and symbolism. The different forms and styles of Luba and Hemba influenced sculptures generally served a common purpose as ‘objects of power’, ritual and ceremony. This stool serves to recognize the rank of a chief or senior lineage head as they would be seated during ceremonies. This elegant female figure supporting the stool may make reference to a Luba proverb that states: “that it is the king who rules during the day and the woman who rules at night”.



 The Luba are known for the variety of their sculptures including bowls, pipes, figures, drums, and ritual devices. 


Sources:Nooter, M. N. and A. F. Roberts. 1996. Memory, Luba Art and the Making of History.