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Prestige Stool - Wood - Shankadi - Luba - Congo DRC

Prestige Stool - Wood - Shankadi - Luba - Congo DRC

A fine Luba Shankadi stool
Age: First half XXth. century
H= 39 cm

Despite their functional form, royal stools are never used for sitting but, rather, are sacred prestige insignia preserved within a king's palace.

They serve as metaphorical, not literal, seats of kingship. Those incorporating female caryatids give expression to the Luba conception of the female body as a spiritual receptacle that supports divine kingship. Its purpose was to serve as a receptacle for the king's spirit rather than as a functional object (Roberts and Roberts 1996: 354-355)

Typical Luba scarification's in relief. three metal nails on the lower base

Provenance: Gaethan Schoonbroodt collection Vervier.

Condition: some cracks in the wood some restorations, one finger restored, back of the coiffure restored, some erosion on one feet., crack on top and base ( see images).

Object Prestige Stool
Indigenous object name Shankadi
Ethnic group/ culture Luba
Region/ country Congo DRC
Material Wood
Period 1st half 20th century
Condition Fair
Sold with stand No
Dimensions 39×27×25 cm
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