Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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ngunja (carved chair)
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • ngunja (carved chair), late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, leather, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 49.5 x 24 x 39 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 19 1/2 x 9 7/16 x 15 3/8 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3154
Label Text

The four legged chair has a carved back and dark brown leather seat. The back panel has a centrally placed head with a two-lobed headdress, identified as a chief's headdress. The panel is decorated with two vertical rows of linear designs in a diamond pattern and a row of horizontal lines and concentric squares. Each post is topped with a finial identified as a Cikunza mask.

The stretchers are undecorated. It has rounded feet with an octahedron top.