The chiefs of the Royal Lineage, guarantors
of the continuity of power, possessed stools
such as this one, often carved with one
or more figures, both male and female.
According to Luba myth, Vilye was the
first female spirit, founder of the clan and
ensurer of fertility and the lineage.
Despite the functional form, royal stools were never used for sitting on, but are rather viewed as sacred insignia. They are metaphorical, not literal seats of kingship. Likely post WWII.
Height: 18 ¼" x Diameter: 11".
There are cracks and native repairs to the arms and legs and top, and should not be used for placing heavy objects, or for sitting on.
Ex. Leonard Kahan Gallery New York and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.