This prestige chair attests the social stature of its owner. The back of the chair represents the spiritual realm with depictions of ancestors while elaborate figurative scenes decorate the rungs of the chair, representing domestic life and its pursuits under the guardianship of the ruler.
Provenance: Josef Mueller collection, Switzerland The inscription in white ink on the chair is from the Musée de la vie indigène, Leopoldville, D.R. Congo There is a picture showing it in situ in 1954.
Reference: Sold at Christie's in 1979 , March 20, Part 2 Mueller sale