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Makonde Figural Stool Chair Tanzania African Art

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Title Makonde Figural Stool Chair Tanzania African Art
Type of Object Chair
Country of Origin Tanzania, Mozambique
People Makonde
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 25.5" H. x 24" D. x 24" W.
Overall Condition Poor to fair. 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 Arrested bug damage, cracks, scrapes, holes, chips, dirt

Additional Information: An extraordinary three-legged chair . A stylistically carved figure straddles the stool with arms carved to hug the sitter. The pose suggests an exuberant ancestor excited to embrace the new generation.

The Makonde of Tanzania and Mozambique are one of the most prolific art producing peoples in eastern Africa. .They are also known for their masks, and their traditional and modern sculptures.
However, Makonde stools or chairs such as this are rarely seen in the market. This is another unique stool decorated with a strong carving highly stylized. Elaborate stools such as this were commissioned and used by dignitaries.

For several splendid examples and more information, see Bordogna's A TANZANIAN TRADITION.

I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.