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stool

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Af1905,0613.1.a-j

  • Description

    Stool (a) with kneeling female figure support carved from wood. Beadwork front apron (b); rectangular with fringe and double side loops made of pink, light blue, white and dark blue glass beads on cotton thread. Beadwork back apron (c); rectangular with fringe and single strings of beads at sides made of pink, light blue, white and dark blue glass beads on cotton thread. String of dark blue glass beads (d). Two strings of light blue glass beads (e-f). Two strings of pink glass beads (g-h). String of white glass beads (i). String of fifteen cylindrical blue beads on fibre thread (j).

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC(late)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 52 centimetres (a)
    • Width: 27 centimetres (a)
    • Depth: 25 centimetres (a)
    • Height: 11.2 centimetres (b)
    • Width: 33.5 centimetres (b)
    • Depth: 0.4 centimetres (b)
    • Height: 12.5 centimetres (c)
    • Width: 30.5 centimetres (c)
    • Depth: 0.2 centimetres (c)
    • Height: 1.3 centimetres (d)
    • Width: 7 centimetres (d)
    • Depth: 8.4 centimetres (d)
    • Length: 201 centimetres (d (extended))
    • Height: 1.6 centimetres (e)
    • Width: 8.2 centimetres (e)
    • Depth: 8 centimetres (e)
    • Length: 285.4 centimetres (e (extended))
    • Height: 1.5 centimetres (f)
    • Width: 9.3 centimetres (f)
    • Depth: 7.2 centimetres (f)
    • Length: 120.5 centimetres (f (extended))
    • Height: 1.4 centimetres (g)
    • Width: 7.3 centimetres (g)
    • Depth: 8 centimetres (g)
    • Length: 86.7 centimetres (g (extended))
    • Height: 1.6 centimetres (h)
    • Width: 7.7 centimetres (h)
    • Depth: 8.4 centimetres (h)
    • Length: 105 centimetres (h (extended))
    • Height: 1.4 centimetres (i)
    • Width: 7.5 centimetres (i)
    • Depth: 5.5 centimetres (i)
    • Length: 72.8 centimetres (i (extended))
    • Height: 0.7 centimetres (j)
    • Width: 4 centimetres (j)
    • Depth: 4.5 centimetres (j)
  • Curator's comments

    This stool was carved by an artist known as Ngongo ya Chintu who worked in the village of Kateba on the borders between Luba and Humba territory. He incorporates stylistic elements from the sculptural traditions of both these peoples in his work.

    Although the Luba trace descent through men, royal objects such as this stool often incorporate female forms, suggesting the essential role of women in Luba royal culture. The female figure alludes to a spirit medium through whom a dead Luba king was incarnated. She adopted the trappings of royalty, and when she died another woman of her lineage took the title.

    T. Phillips (ed.), Africa, the art of a continent (London, Royal Academy, 1995)

    J. Mack (ed.), Africa: arts and cultures (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)

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  • Location

    On display: G25/dc12

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    1995 Oct-1996 Jan, Royal Academy of Arts, Africa: The Art of a Continent
    1996 Mar-May, Berlin, Martin Gropius Bau, Africa: The Art of a Continent
    1996 May-Sep, New York, Guggenheim Museum, Africa: The Art of a Continent

  • Condition

    Fibre string (j) has broken and is partially missing.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1905

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Af1905,0613.1.a-j

COMPASS Title: Wooden stool carved by Ngongo ya Chintu

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COMPASS Title: Wooden stool carved by Ngongo ya Chintu

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