The Mangbetu are people living in the north-eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most Mangbetu art was reserved for ruling class say kings and chiefs who wanted to show off their power and wealth. Wooden figures are believed to be ancestral portraits. Stools were used as seats at ceremonies and for home use.
This stool is carved from a single block of wood, consisting of a slightly recessed seat connected to a disc-shaped base by a thick solid stem/ column. It also has a deep circular depression hollowed out at the center of the base underside probably added to increase the stability of the form. This stool was left with a rough surface finish. The example here has a brown patina, shows visible signs of old age.
Condition: Fairly Good
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
|27 × 30 × 16 cm