LUBA (AND TABWA) STOOLS, DRC

Despite their wonderful forms and quality of carving, we believe these stools were made to be sold.



 
TABWA
Stool 31
13.5" high
$1000 

 

LUBA
Stool 47
13.5" high
$500

 

 LUBA
Stool 49
12.75" high
$300

LUBA/TABWA
Stool 29
13.5" high
$500


 

LUBA
Stool 1
18" high
$500



TABWA
Stool 2
15.5" high
$400



LUBA
Stool 7
15.5" high
$450



LUBA COUPLES STOOLS, DRC

 

LUBA
Stool 10
17" high
$400

LUBA
Stool 39
17" high
$700

LUBA
Stool 40
16" high
$800 


 LUBA
Stool 41
14" high
$800

 LUBA
Stool 44
13" high
$600 

 LUBA
Stool 45
11" high
$250

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

LUBA (AND TABWA), STOOLS, DRC

Most Luba art relates to kings and important chiefs, who defined their power by the display of prestige objects during important ceremonies. Stools were among the most important of these objects. The ruler was literally, as well as figuratively, supported by a female caryatid figure who symbolized the continuity of power in a matrilineal society. Elaborate coiffures and scarification patterns attested to the high rank of both the depicted female and the owner of the stool. Stools like these are among the most prized in Africa. The Luba are also known for their figurative headrests, which helped to protect their elaborate hair styles. Numbers 2 and 29 have distinctly Tabwa hairstyles.

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