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ngunja (carved stool)
  • Chokwe peoples
  • ngunja (carved stool), late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, leather, hide, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25.5 x 48.5 x 34.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/16 x 19 1/8 x 13 9/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3162
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Description

The rectangular stool has four legs and a dark brown leather seat. The seat is held in place with hide strips. Each leg has a round foot and a cylindrical segment with grooves beneath the square legs. It is dark brown.

One short stretcher is decorated with a four legged animal. It has short legs a wide, short tail and small ears. The top and bottom edges are notched.

The other short stretcher is decorated with a circle with a triangle on either side, filled with lines oriented on the circle. The top and bottom edges are notched.

One long stretcher is decorated with two human figures, from the waist up. Their hands rest on their abdomens. Each has a different hairstyle. The top edge is notched.

The other long stretcher is decorated with one small standing human figure and one human face with a two-lobed headdress, identified as a chief's headdress. The top edge is notched.