Chief's stool with female caryatid figure
|Old Belgian Colonial Collection
Pierre Loos, Brussels, Belgium (1992)
Michel Koenig, Brussels, Belgium
H: 16.1 inch;
D: 10.4 inch
wood, blackish slightly sticky patina, traces of insect caused damage, crack (base) The figure is richly decorated with scarification marks, her hands are placed on her belly - both indications of the influential role of women in Chokwe society. As the bearer of the throne, she supports the ruler and thus his worldly and sacral power.