Hemba / Luba stool
Hemba janus stool

Size: 17-1/2”H.  

Description: An openwork, carved hardwood figural example, having male and female figures with hands raised above their heads supporting a thick, disc
seat, standing on an integral base. Vertical age crack through piece with old hammered copper strips nailed to top and base to stabilize the cracks, minor
loss to right nipple. Deep black-brown surface, old patina.  

Provenance: Ex. private CT. collection.  

Examples below for reference

Sotheby's Arts of Africa, Oceania & The Americas
SALE N07795  AUCTION DATE 17 May 02 10:15 AM.


LOT 142


estimate 25,000—50,000 USD
Lot Sold.  Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium:   23,900 USD


height 17 3/4in. 45.1cm.


standing on a fragmentary circular base, the two adorsed female figures with elaborate cicatrices at the abdomen and pendant breasts, the raised
muscular arms framing the forward-lilting heads and narrow faces with sensitively carved features, straight lips, pointed nose and almond-shaped dotted
eyes and wearing a backswept coiffure with a scalloped hairline, the broad flat hands supporting the concave seat; fine blackened patina.

Cf. Robbins and Nooter (1989: 471, figure 1210) for a very closely related Kusu male single-figure stool. The double-female composition here relates to
Luba stools where the presence of female figures is prevalent. However, stylistically the pouting mouth, elegant nose, dotted almond-shaped eyes,
articulation of the collar-bone and the broad hands with defined knuckles at the palm suggest closer affinities to the Kusu.  
A rare Hemba/Luba
double figure caryatid stool.

The fine,varied, dark patina and wear is
consistent with many years of use.

Original museum tag.

Origin:  Zaire

Height:  16.75 inches

Provenance:  Stuart J. Warkow,SMA Fathers
Missionary Museum,Titus Gallery.


Titus Gallery

Examples of male Hemba figures for reference