late 19th century–early 20th century
wood, glass beads, string
Democratic Republic of Congo
Overall: 19 × 12 1/2 in. (48.26 × 31.75 cm)
With more than 1 million people, the Luba are one of the largest ethnic groups in the Congo. For Luba kings, one of the essential royal symbols is a stool in which the seat is supported by a female figure. Indeed, reflecting women’s central role in politics, social organizations, and creation myths, the female figure is the primary subject matter of Luba art.
From the Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
"Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History." New York: The Museum of African Art. 2 February- 8 September1996. (traveling exhibition)
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