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Chokwe Stool Caryatid Figural Angola Congo African Art Collection

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Title Chokwe Stool Caryatid Figural Angola Congo African Art Collection
Type of Object Stool
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Chokwe, Chockwe
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 16
Width (in) 12
Overall Condition 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 Very damaged wood, arrested bug damage

Additional Information: Among the Chokwe and their neighboring groups caryatid stools like this were exclusively used by chiefs or dignitaries as symbol of authority. During special events chiefs or notables Mwanangana or Mwata such stools are used as a throne. Chokwe stools are also used as receptacle of supernatural forces. They serve symbolic purposes and are among the most prestigious and sacred objects. On or several figures may support the stool. These figures are said to represent the owner's ancestors, which presence reinforces the prestige of the object, and assures protection and well-being.

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From the Collection of Robert Pearson, Denver, Colorado

Bob Pearson began collecting African art later in his life. He was an engineer, inveterate climber, and long-time collector of books and paintings. Spurred by the Douglas Society at the Denver Museum of Art, and his friendship with noted collector George Heggarty, he began building an enormous, eclectic collection. His African art library grew to several hundred books. He loved textiles and “material culture”-things which had domestic use, like spoons, cups, stools, and chairs, as well as masks and carvings. His collection included items from more than thirty African countries, and his fine eye gave him pieces ranging from a golddust scale to huge Dogon figural ladders. Africa Direct is honored to have been chosen to sell them.