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Songye Female Figural Stool 19.25″ – DR Congo – African Art

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This Songye stool portrays a female figure holding the seat of the stool above her head. She measures 19.25 inches tall and weighs 9 pounds. There is some damage to the top and bottom of the stool and some cracking and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Furniture, Stool

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Songye

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

19.25"

Width

10.5"

Depth

10.5"

Weight

9 lbs

Overall Condition

Damage to top and bottom. Cracking and wear and tear.

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.

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