In many societies of Central Africa, such as the Chokwe, functional artifacts are transformed into prestige objects that commemorate the power and status of the chief. Chokwe chiefs possess many elaborately carved articles, including ceremonial weapons, staffs of office and tobacco pipes. ‘Thrones,’of Chokwe chiefs, with backs, leather-covered seats are modeled upon European chairs. The decoration of the chair, however, remains distinctly Chokwe in style.

Provenance: Mike Holt
Pendarell Kent, East Sheen, UK

Chokwe, Angola,
Wood and leather, 101,5 cm x 38 cm, good condition, nice patina of use.