ZOROMO STOOLS, Tanzania

ZOROMO
Stool 1
40" high
$700

 

ZOROMO
Stool 2
54" high
$1000

ZOROMO (LIGURU)
Stool 4
28.5 " high
$1000

ZOROMO (?)
Stool 5
26" high
$600


The stool below has been sold and is left here for educational and research purposes.


 

ZOROMO
Stool 3
38.5" high
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

ZOROMO STOOLS

Stools like these with high backs are especially carved for chiefs and are often referred to as chief's chairs, or thrones. They were used during judicial and initiation ceremonies and share their form with the neighboring Nyamwezi, Hehe and other E. African peoples.

Despite their appearance and traditional form we believe these stools were made to be sold.

This large anthropomorphic high backed chair is impressively carved from a single block of wood. The body of a female figure with prominent breasts body, a long neck and a well carved face with strongly defined features serves as a backrest. The chair shows evidence of much use, as the seat and back are smooth showing a dark patina and shiny surface. These large throne-like chairs were meant to portray clan ancestors, lineage heads or chiefs among the Nyamwezi and were also found among a number of neighboring groups including the Sukuma, Zaramo, or Hehe. Elaborate, sculpted chairs such as this were communal property and recognized as historical objects that identified the village or clan. Brought out for ceremonies and initiations they were reserved for chiefs who sat on them when hearing disputes and rendering judgments. The abstracted figure shaping the back has a slight enveloping curve to support the sitter physically and symbolically.    Dan Mato

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