20th Century African Mahogany Bantu Carved Tribal Chief Chairs - a Pair
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This is a pair of chairs carved by the Bantu Tribe of the Kingdom of Kongo. They are two-board tribal ...
moreThis is a pair of chairs carved by the Bantu Tribe of the Kingdom of Kongo. They are two-board tribal chief chairs.
Ornately and deeply carved by Bantu craftsmen, these hand-carved chief chairs are carved from two solid planks of exquisite African mahogany which is as much a functional design choice as artistic. Compared to other woods, mahogany is among the most durable and lends to these chairs enduring strength. The chairs are finished in a deep brown stain which has a subtle red undertone that compliments the tones of the wood. Each chair “folds” when the board with the carved-out tendon (seat) is removed from the morticed board (back). Two-board chairs are typically decorated minimally and lack the overall artistic technique that these chairs feature such as rope border detail, “dug out” or “canoe” back, again with incredible detail, foliate carvings, and animal motifs of Kongo such as giraffes and elephants. The natural grain patterns in the wood, top-to-bottom elaborate decoration with borders and animal motifs, solid construction, high-back and carved or “dug out” seat make these chairs quite difficult to come by, especially in this superior condition, let alone still paired. Unparalleled Bantu craftsmanship and supreme decorative carvings, foliate, and animal motifs make these chairs genuinely one-of-a-kind. Carvings can be seen on both the top and bottom of the back-piece as well as on the seat portion. These carvings create a backdrop for animals – elephants marching and giraffes grazing leaves from a Bonobo tree.
These Chairs’ natural wood material with their timeless design make them ideal for any indoor space as well as any outdoor “room” such as a patio, porch, deck, or sunroom. Functional, sculptural, and one-of-a-kind, these tribal chief chairs are Bantu works of art by the Bantu tribes of Kongo, Africa. When placed and enjoyed, these chairs make a memorable design statement as well as low-profile, ergonomic seating. Care was taken during the construction process to make these chairs as surprisingly comfortable as they are. The smooth carvings feel great on your back as you sit and are beautifully contoured and smooth. The geometric shape of the chairs helps to add balance to the upholstered look of Western furnishings, ultimately elevating the overall warmth and interest of a space. Their utilitarian, easily stored and ultra-space-saving design and construction allows for impactful, versatile seating. Each chair can easily be relocated and its construction allows for effortless and compact storage, a plus when it comes to smart design for the 21st century home. The chairs exude feelings of earth, nature, harmony, tribe, culture, strength and life.
- 18ʺW × 25ʺD × 38ʺH
- Mid 20th Century
- Place of Origin
- Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Kinshasa)
- Vintage / Antique / Used, Original Condition Unaltered, No Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- Sturdy with No Compromising Cracks. No Chips on the Wood. Sturdy with No Compromising Cracks. No Chips on the Wood. less
- Seat Height
- 15.0 inches
- Seat Interior Width
- 18.0 inches
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