16. High-Backed Throne/Chair

Luguru

Tanzania

H: 83cm

DESCRIPTION

A female head with a prominent ridged coiffure surmounts this fine high-backed Luguru throne. Her arched hairstyle is adorned with a series of punctuated decorations, and a configuration of three diamond shaped structures join together the chair’s curved legs.

The back of the throne features a series of contrasting panels, consisting of engraved zigzag and linear designs, and, over time, the surface of the chair has developed a well-worn patina. In Tanzania, elaborate high-backed stools generally signify the governing authority of their owners, effectively becoming thrones used in official ceremonies.

A very similar example – possibly from the same hand – can be found in the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. This Tanzanian throne was collected in Lake Tanganyika by a Belgian military officer in 1919. A link to the Smithsonian chair is provided below.

Reference

'High-Back Stool', Smithsonian: National Museum of African Art

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CONDITION

The throne/chair exhibits wear, as shown in the images

Provenance

Ex Private Collection, UK

DATE

Estimated Period: First Half of 20th Century

Dimensions

H: 83cm

PRICE

3500

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