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Prestige Stool: Female Caryatid

Date:
19th–20th century
Geography:
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Culture:
Songye peoples
Medium:
Wood, metal, ivory, beads
Dimensions:
H. 19 13/16 x W. 13 3/8 x D. 13 1/8 in. (50.4 x 34 x 33.3 cm)
Classification:
Wood-Furniture
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1969
Accession Number:
1978.412.593
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 352
In many cultures in southeastern D.R.C.--indeed, throughout Africa--seats of leaders are important symbols of power and authority. Most of the peoples of southeastern D.R.C. trace succession and inheritance through the female line, and, accordingly, caryatid figures supporting chiefs' stools generally depict women.
Jeanne Walschot, Paris, Antwerp, and Brussels, until 1950; Clark and Frances Stillman, New York, until 1969; The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1969–1978

Art of Oceania, Africa, and the Americas from the Museum of Primitive Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969, 435.



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