The stool was reserved for the most powerful individuals in a community. Only a king or chief would have owned a stool like this one. Such objects did not always serve a practical function as seating but were deeply invested with symbolic significance.
Culture and Traditions
Early in the seventeenth century, the Luba people had established a powerful empire in the southeast of what is today the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kuba, also called Bakuba, is a cluster of about 16 Bantu-speaking groups in southeastern Congo (Kinshasa), living between the Kasai and Sankuru rivers east of their confluence.
Kenneth T. Ward donated in the year 1991.
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"BAKUBA Culture of Arts from southeastern Congo (Kinshasa), between the Kasai and Sankuru rivers east. (Stool)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 67.