Chair (Chitwamo or Njunga)

A work made of wood, brass tacks, and hide.

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  • A work made of wood, brass tacks, and hide.

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Chokwe
Angola
Central Africa

About this artwork

This miniature wooden chair would have been owned and used by a chief or dignitary. Designed for easy transportation, its form and construc-tion derive from 17th-century Portuguese imports. Three-dimensional sculptures on the rungs and on the top of the seatback typically relate to Chokwe everyday life and mythology. The sculpted head that crowns this seatback represents a chihongo mask: a symbol of wealth, virility, and authority.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Chokwe

Title

Chair (Chitwamo or Njunga)

Origin

Angola

Date

1875–1925

Medium

Wood, brass tacks, and hide

Dimensions

H. 50.8 cm (20 in.)

Credit Line

Winter and Hirsch Fund

Reference Number

1968.789

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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