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ngunja (carved stool)
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • ngunja (carved stool), late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, skin, seeds, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 16.5 x 20 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3159
Label Text

The small four legged stool has a stretched skin seat. There is a large round seed suspended from the underside of the seat, possibly intended as a fertility charm or to ward off evil. It has square legs with round feet.

The front stretcher is decorated with a human face with a two-lobed headdress, identified as a chief's headdress, perhaps Cihongo.

The rear stretcher is decorated with columns of alternating horizontal or vertical lines.

The facing right stretcher is decorated with two squares filled with triangles, points together, created by lines.

The facing left stretcher is decorated with a zigzag, the negative space around it fillled with horizontal lines.