Caryatid Stool

A work made of wood, pigment, and copper alloy.

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  • A work made of wood, pigment, and copper alloy.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Songye
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Central Africa

About this artwork

The image of a figure supporting a stool was probably introduced into Songye art in the 19th century by the neighboring Luba. This is one of a small group of stylistically similar stools featuring a muscular figure with splayed feet, flexed legs, and abstracted facial features, including a jutting chin. They likely served as symbols of rank and authority, although some could have been made for a European clientele.

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Artist

Songye

Title

Caryatid Stool

Origin

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Wood, pigment, and copper alloy

Dimensions

63.8 × 27.6 × 30.8 cm (25 1/8 × 10 7/8 × 12 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Major Acquisitions Centennial Endowment

Reference Number

1992.64

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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