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ngunja (carved chair)
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • ngunja (carved chair), late 1800s–1908
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, hide, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 49.5 x 28 x 30 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 19 1/2 x 11 x 11 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3157

The small chair has a carved back. The top rail of the back has a mask with a two-lobed headdress, identified as a chief's headdress, in the center. There are small peg-like finials on the posts.

The front stretcher is decorated with the same mask.

The rear stretcher is decorated with a couple embracing, probably engaged in intercourse.

The facing right stretcher is decorated with a standing female figure, oriented horizontally.

The facing left stretcher is decorated with with two tortoises.

The seat was once covered with dark brown fur and held in place with laces.