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Stool, early 20th Century
Democratic Republic of the Congo; Luba
Wood, H: 8.75 in, DIAM: 6 .75 in
Purchase 1954 Sophronia Anderson Bequest Fund  54.371
On View
Interpretation: Among the Luba, ceremonial stools were used exclusively by rulers and were believed to contain the ruler's spirit. This stool is supported by a female figure. It expresses the idea that female ancestors provide symbolic support for the chief's reign.
Exhibition History:
"Arts of Africa," permanent galleries, Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey (installed 2008).

Keywords: Stool, Chair, Furniture