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Beautiful Songye Figural Stool 15.5″ on Base – DRC – African Art

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This stool was carved in the style of the Songye people of DRC. The stool features two figures holding up the seat of the stool. It measures 15.5 inches tall including base and weighs 19.5 pounds. There is some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Stool

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Songye

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

15" stool | 15.5" including base

Width

13"

Depth

15"

Weight

19.5lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

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Tribe Information

About the Songye People

“During the 16th century, the Songye migrated from the Shaba area, which is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), and settled on the left bank of the Lualaba River, on a savannah and forest-covered plateau. Divided into numerous sub-groups, the 150,000 Songye people are governed by a central chief, the Yakitenge, whose role demands that he obey special restrictive laws such as not showing grief, not drinking in public and not shaking hands with men. In addition, local rulers, the Sultani Ya Muti, distribute plots of land to their villagers and an influential secret society, Bwadi Bwa Kifwebe, counterbalances their power. Unlike their neighbors, the Luba, the Songye tribe is a patriarchal society in which agriculture is central to the economy.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.