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ngunja (carved chair)
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • ngunja (carved chair), late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, hide, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 45 x 27 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 11/16 x 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3153

The small chair has a carved back and decorated stretcher. The back panel has two small masks of the same character with a two-lobed headdress, identified as a chief's headdress. The panel of the back is decorated with a harlequin pattern under the masks, and linear designs in two different diamond patterns along the sides. The back of the panel is decorated with three vertical columns of three different linear designs, zigzags and diamonds.

The posts are each topped with a small human head.

The dark brown hide seat is held in place with hide laces. The rails are each decorated with two clusters of three narrow triangles.