123 (272) (Neufeld Collection Number)
272 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Ritual Objects
Tshokwe, Angolan, Central African, African
Dating back to the seventeenth century, this style of chair comes out of the carving traditions of the Chokwe of Angola. The head on the back, adorned with a chieftain’s headdress, may indicate that it was once a throne.
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Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
Ownership End Date: 12/17/1997
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
Important Tribal Art
New York, NY, 1989
Figure Number: 272
"African Heritage Document and Research Center."
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Record No.: 0002378.
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