|Hemba / Luba stool
Examples below for reference
Sotheby's Arts of Africa, Oceania & The Americas
SALE N07795 AUCTION DATE 17 May 02 10:15 AM.
LOCATION New York
A LUBA/KUSU DOUBLE-FIGURE CARYATID STOOL
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.
Height: 16.75 inches
Provenance: Stuart J. Warkow,SMA Fathers
Missionary Museum,Titus Gallery.
Examples of male Hemba figures for reference