Property of various owners
A superb Songye openwork stool
Democratic Republic of Congo, the seated figure abstracted into a series of openwork arcs; the spine conceived as bisected set of lines, the arms and legs deeply bent with elbows to knees. The large feet and hands to the upper and lower portions of the stool, while the front of the seat bears a powerful Songye face with open mouth and barred teeth. Overall lustrous red-brown surface with remains of white pigment.