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Tribal art - African Chair:

Essential pieces of tribal art and true masterpieces, these objects are, today, used to decorate an interior. Originally of a purely usual function, the stools were used by the notables of the village. These objects are generally composed of one or more statues supporting the seat.


Tabouret guéridon Hemba/ Luba Kihona
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Hemba

Supporting the circular tray of a seat with her fingers placed in a fan shape, a female figure forms the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts). Carved in the style of the "master of Buli" in the Hemba territory, she has a characteristic face, with large eye sockets and prominent cheekbones. Dark patina with orange highlights, minimal cracks. The prominent scarifications, in spikes, dot the bust where the umbilicus forms the "center of the world" associated with the lineage, and on the lower abdomen, horizontal, they symbolize fertility. This stool named lupona ,or kioni or kipona , kiona and again kitenta ("seat of authority"), according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the ruler, his people, and the protective spirits and ancestors, where past ...

Dan seat
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Tribal art > African Chair > Dan stool

Several ethnic groups in the Ivory Coast have seats similar in design to this Dan stool, but it is distinguished by its carved decorative motifs and sculpted legs. The sculptor has preserved the natural shape of a branch for the back. Desiccation cracks, patina of use, dark, oiled.
For the Dan people of the Ivory Coast, also called Yacouba, two very distinct universes are opposed: that of the village, composed of its inhabitants and its animals, and that of the forest, its vegetation and the animals and spirits that inhabit it. In order for these spirits to establish themselves, a specific area of the forest is designated and always preserved outside the dan villages. Sacrifices are also required in order to communicate through these spirits. Different types of Dan masks have ...


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Tabouret Songye
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Tribal art > African Chair > Songye Seat

A female figure whose face takes the form of the mask Kifwebe plays here the role of caryatide. Another incongruity is that excessive feet develop on a damaged circular promontory, just like the seat. This type of seat could also serve as a pedestal for fetishes mankishi (sing. nkishi). Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "Chasing the mort" (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from the adjacent area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn with a long suit and a long beard made of natural fibers, absent on this copy, during the most important ...


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Tchokwe prestigious stool
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Chokwe

Ex-collection French tribal art.
Among the chef's regalia, this stool illustrates the importance attached to the prestige of its owner. The protection of ancestors is invoked thanks to the sculpted effigies playing the role of caryatids supporting the used circular seat. While one of them is like a Chokwe tribal leader who could be Chibinda Ilunga, a mythical hunter and hero, founder of the Chokwé ethnic group, wearing his large side winged headdress cipenya-mutwe, the second depicts an 18th century Portuguese settler. The chiefs had a major function in the rites of propitiation intended for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects being decorated with this figure therefore presumably having a protective function. Old prints of upholstery nails. Desication cracks.


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Lobi Chair
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Tribal art > African Chair > Lobi Seat

Among the elements of African furniture used daily, a chair lobi from Burkina Faso , whose long oblong seat, curved, is supported by two massive feet. This type of stool for individual use marked the social rank of its owner and did not lend itself under any circumstances.
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 also settled in northern Côte d'Ivoire. It was at the end of the 18th century that the Lobi, coming from northern Ghana, settled among the indigenous Thuna and Puguli, the Dagara, the Dian, the Gan and the Birifor.
Patine, cracks and abrasions.


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Mangbetu prestige chair
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Tribal art > African Chair > Mangbetu Seat

Mangbetu, the African tribal art of prestige, was intended for the elite of society, such as this chair surmounted by a head with mangbetu characteristics. The circular seat is slightly concave, while the slightly curved back has remnants of motifs evoking the traditional tattoos of the tribe. Similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relations, they varied according to the circumstances. The Mangbetu kingdom has been expressed through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century, a patina of use, luster, golden brown, cracks and abrasions.br>abli in the forest in the north-east of Zaire. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but ...


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Luba Lupona Caryatide Seat
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Luba

The sanctity of sculpted foundations, regalia of prestige, in early African art.
This seat depicting a crouching female figure, supporting the tray of a circular seat, forms the receptacle of a deceased sovereign leader (Luba, Roberts). The protruding scarifications converging on the umbilical, the centre of the world associated with lineage, those of the lower abdomen, the fullness of volumes, testify to notions of fertility. 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 symbolically and spiritually past and present mingle. It was once the seat on which the king was inducted. The seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new ...


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Bena Lulua Prestigious Seat
Tribal art > African Chair > Luluwa chair

The backrest and legs of this dignitary's chair take up the signs associated with the body scarification of the ethnic group. The face of the figure with the ringed neck on top of the seat also features salient motifs. According to Rik Ceyssens in "Congo Masks" (p.156 . ed. M.L.Félix) and as attested by the sketches of H.M. Lemme who accompanied Frobenius on his travels to the Congo, this model of scarification in loops was then widespread in different Luluwa subgroups in 1905. The Bakwa also had this type of tribal scarring. Comfortable seating. Glossy patina, shaded brown, orange reflections. Erosions, slight superficial cracks.
The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua statues, presenting multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, ...


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Tabouret Lwalwa
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Tribal art > African Chair > Lualua Seat

The seat of this stool of dignitary, equipped with a handle, is here supported by three mfondo masks whose eyes are encrusted with cauris. The masks Mfondo and Nkaki, with a barely dissimilar nasal profile, are difficult to differentiate, but the Mfondo would have a nose lost in the hairstyle. The multiple manipulations helped polish and polish the seat cove. Oiled black patina with underlying mahogany reflections, granular residue. Patina of abrased use.
This is near the Kasai River that the Lwalwa live, between Angola and Zaire. Historically with a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, after having been influenced by Luba and Songy, adopted a patrilineal system within their rudimentary political and social organization. The nkaki, wood-carved mulela mask, is one of four types of masks ...


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Bembe Kalunga fetish tabouret
Tribal art > African Chair > Bembe Seat

Preserved in the hut of the karunga society, or Alunga, this circular seat with a handle is carved with large orbits evoking the spirit of the Kalunga forest. They also appear on circumcision masks. The society not only exercised social control within the Bembe clan, but also organized public dances and pre-hunting ceremonies. Many abrasions of use. Desication cracks, erosions.
The Bembe is a Luba branch line that is believed to have left Congo in the 18th century. Their society and artistic tendency are influenced by their neighbours in the Lake Tanganyika region, the Lega, the Buyu, etc. Indeed, like the Lega, the Bembe had an association bwami responsible for initiation and structuring for society but while the bwami was exclusive to the Lega, other associations coexisted among ...


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Dignitary Throne Dogon
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Tribal art > African Chair > Dogon Seat

Extensively decorated, this prestigious, monoxyle seat belonged to a Dogon chief. A feline sculpture supports the seat, while lion figures form its arms. The decoration of the back evokes the moucharabiehs, entirely sculpted with round-bump patterns describing different scenes: millet pounding, musicians, entwined couples, ploughing. On the other side of the file is a hermaphrodite character, standing on the caryatide animal whose tail he keeps vertically in front of him. This deep seat, with a sloping back, has a comfortable seat.
The characters could also symbolize the Nommos, mythical ancestors linked to the complex legends and beliefs of the Dogon. The Namo founded the eight dogon lineages and instilled weaving, the art of forging, and agriculture in his human descendants. This ...


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Tripode Ethiopia Tabouret
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Tribal art > African Chair > Ethiopian tabouret

Beautiful glossy patina for the seat of this little old stool. Three large curved feet support the thick circular tray, the crack of which has been restored with a metal clip. Dark brown patina.
The Oromo are a people living in the Horn of Africa. They are found in Ethiopia and northern Kenya.
They began a pastoral migration to northern territories in the 15th century, facilitated by the ruptures caused by the conquests of Ahmed Gragn. During this process, they clump together and cultivate the local populations.

They are known for their stylized neck supports and generally have a nice symmetry.


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Mossi or Bwa stool
Tribal art > African Chair > Mossi Kruk

Very low to allow women to be at the height of the fire to prepare meals, this stool has a curved rectangular seat, luster by use. Supported by four massive feet, it is adorned with a head and the posterior face of a body sculpted under the seat. Fault on one foot that does not threaten the stability of the object. Golden brown patina.
The Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is composed of the descendants of the invaders, horsemen who came from Ghana in the 15th century, named Nakomse, and Tengabibisi, descendants of the natives. Political power is in the hands of the Nakomsé, who assert their power through statues, while priests and religious leaders come from the Tengabisi, who use masks during their ceremonies. Animists, the Mossi worship a god who created Wendé. Each ...


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Dinka neck support
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Tribal art > Head rest > Tabouret Dinka

This object, whose stability is provided by three feet in a slight oblique, and whose ends of the oblong tray curve gracefully, was intended to preserve the complex headdress of its owner. A prestigious object of the nomads also used as a stool, it also affirmed their social status. The ends feature sylized elephant heads, or horns. Featuring a sturdy braided leather conveyor belt, it features decorative accessories in the form of hair stamps.
Glosspatine glossy black brown, braided leather strap, animal hair pom pompoms. Little information has been gathered about this animist people of southern Sudan. Some of these East African tribes were virtually wiped out by the inter-tribal wars and the Islamic slave trade.


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Tabouret cariatides Lupona / Kipona Luba
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Tribal art > African Chair > Luba Seat

A kneeling couple figure, with his back attached, forms the "recepacle of a deceased sovereign leader" (Luba, Roberts). The hands support the central circular tray. The scarifications of the female figure, protruding, in ears, surround the umbilical, "centre of the world" associated with lineage, and those of the lower abdomen, horizontal, 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 mingle past and present. It once formed the foundation upon which 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 ...

Tchokwe Seat
Tribal art > African Chair > Chokwe Seat

Among the feasts of dignitaries, this stool with a cephalomorphic motif illustrates the importance given to the prestige of its owner. The protection of ancestors is invoked thanks to the sculpted effigy of Chibinda Ilunga, hunter and mythical hero, founder of the Chokwé ethnic group. The chiefs had a major function in the rites of propitiation intended for the hunting and fertility of women, the objects being decorated with this figure therefore presumably having a protective function. The flared seat rests on a circular base, and the walls are engraved with geometric patterns while a handle is fitted at the back.
Grey black, semi-mate. Cracks.
Paisiblely settled in eastern Angola until the 16th century, the Chokwé were then subjected to the Lunda empire from which they ...


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620.00

Caryatid stool Tabwa
Tribal art > African Chair > Tabwa Stool

Recognisable for its sophisticated hairstyle and linear scarifications made up of checkerboards, this Tabwa ancestor figure is depicted seated, presenting the tablet forming the seat of a seat. Beautiful black oil patina, desication cracks. Abrasions.
The Tabwa ('scarifier' and 'write') are an ethnic group present in the south-east of the DRC, around Lake Tanganyika. The tribes of this region, such as the Tumbwe , worship the ancestors mipasi through sculptures held by chiefs or sorcerers. the Tabwa united around tribal leaders after being influenced by the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also through masks. The Tabwa worshipped ancestors and dedicated some of their statues to them. Animists, their beliefs ...


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Tikar prestige bronze seat
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Tikar

Designed to enhance its owner, the African chair forms an element of furniture designed to inform the social origin of its owner. Its middle part is therefore often adorned with anthropomorphic or zoomorphic figures in relation to the founding myths and beliefs of the ethnic group. A ring forms here the base on which five long-formed caryatid figures, perched on heads, support the circular seat with their raised arms. The latter is painstakingly engraved with regular concentric motifs and broken lines, including curries symbolizing wealth and fertility. The characters with the filiform body present a voluminous head typical of Cameroonian statuary.
The Tikars inhabit the western part of central Cameroon which lies within the medium-altitude secondary dense forest along the Mbam. ...


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Mangbetu Long Chair
Tribal art > African Chair > Mangbetu Chair

Mangbetu African art, a prestigious art, was intended for the elite of society, such as this articulated chair whose studs are carved with anthropomorphic figures and faces. The seat, attached to the wood by a tapestry nail but from which it stands out on the upper left corner, is animal skin and has been restored. The brown patina is abraded locally, updating a light wood.
In the forest in northeastern Zaire, the Mangbetu kingdom has expressed itself through architectural works that impressed European visitors in the 19th century. Their furniture, weapons, adornments and statuary were imbued with a rare aesthetic quality. The Mangbetu story was based on the refinement of his court but also on cannibalistic customs. King Mangbetu Munza was so dubbed The cannibal king. The ...


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Baga Sculpted Seat
Tribal art > African Chair > Throne Baga

This large carved seat where the seat rests on the back of an aquine figure forms a rare piece. It is embellished with large polychrome motifs. Patina glossed by use on the supporting areas, some cracks of desication.
Mêlés aux Nalu and Landuman , the Baga live along the coasts of Guinea-Bissau in areas of swamps flooded six months a year. These Baga groups based on the coast and living from rice farming are made up of seven subgroups, including the Baga Kalum, Bulongic, Baga sitem, Baga Mandori, etc. They believe in a creative god called Nagu, Naku, which they do not represent, and which is accompanied by a male spirit whose name is Somtup. Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, hybrid snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, with the aim of ...


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Luba Lupona Caryatide Seat
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Lupona

The sanctity of sculpted foundations, regalia of prestige, in early African art.
This seat with a circular tray carved from a female ancestor figure forms the "receptacle of a late sovereign leader, Luba, Roberts). The protruding scarifications by converging on the umbilical, " centre of the world" associated with lineage, those of the lower abdomen, the fullness of volumes, testify to notions of fertility. 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 symbolically and spiritually blend past and present. It was once the seat on which the king was inducted. The seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new leader. It was only ...


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