CHOKWE PRESTIGE 'NGUNDJA', ANGOLA
Chokwe culture wood Ngundja (prestige chair), elaborately decorated with human figures in various modes of living. A leather animal hide seat is secured with brass tacking. Nude male and female figures adorn the detailed legs, leg supports, rungs and back. Made by the Chokwe people, (also known by many other names including Kioko, Bajokwe, Chibokwe, Kibokwe, Ciokwe, Cokwe or Badjok), an ethnic group of Central and Southern Africa, although primarily found in Angola. Carved geometric designs are prevalent on the front and back of splats creating a background for Chihongo masks and rows of figures representing daily chores and ceremonial life. Human figures decorate the rungs and front legs of the chair.
Dating from the mid 20th century, this chair measures 22.5" wide x 23" deep x 47" to high back. The chair is in very good condition.