Chokwe artist. <em>Ceremonial seat (ngundja)</em>, 19th century. Copper alloy, animal hide, wood, 26 3/4 x 12 x 15 1/2 in. (67.9 x 30.5 x 39.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.187. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.187_threequarter_SL1.jpg)

Ceremonial seat (ngundja)


Medium: Copper alloy, animal hide, wood

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 26 3/4 x 12 x 15 1/2 in. (67.9 x 30.5 x 39.4 cm)



Accession Number: 22.187

Image: 22.187_threequarter_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
European-style chair with two splats, rungs, and a leather-covered seat, decorated with figural and animal carvings and brass tacks. Carved geometric, designs on front and back of splats create background for a Chihongo mask, rows of figures, a snake, the backs of birds, and two figures with Cikunza masks. Figures representing daily and ceremonial life (e.g. man on the back of a cow, musician, etc.) decorate the rungs and front legs of the chair. The front figure between the legs on the proper right panel is lost. The lower left figure on the front of the seat back has losses on both feet. On the hide seat, there is a loss on the front of the proper left edge. On the rear and at the center and proper left top edges of the seat back, the surface is abraded. There are some tacks missing.

Brooklyn Museum