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ngunja (carved stool)
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • ngunja (carved stool), late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, hide, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25.5 x 27 x 26.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/16 x 10 5/8 x 10 3/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3155
Label Text

The four legged stool has a stretched hide seat. Two opposing stretchers are decorated with two toads. One stretcher is decorated with a standing female figure with breasts and a prominent navel and labia. The other is decorated with a standing male figure with a prominent penis. Both human figures have their hands resting on their lower abdomens.