Chokwe Stool with Female Figure, Angola
height 18 1/2in (47cm)
Mrs. Morris Pinto Collection, Sotheby's, London, May 1977, Lot 103
Sotheby's, London, December 1980, Lot 170
Private Collection, New York
cf. Jordan, Manuel (1998: fig. 12), "The chief's stool features a female figure seated with elbows on knees and cradling her head in her hands--a pose commonly used to represent ancestral spirits in the artistic vocabulary of Chokwe and related peoples. This pose is associated with elders, people deep in thought, and also with the burial position of chiefs and important members of the community."