Chief's Chair

The chief’s chair of the Chokwe peoples is an excellent example of an object with foreign origins that was transformed by the design of an African people. The Chokwe are an ethnic group within the African country of Angola. The design of this chair was brought over by the Portuguese through trade. The chairs became an object of importance within the Chokwe household. Drawing inspiration from the imported chairs, Chokwe artisans began to make a structurally similar chair that was ornately decorated with scenes of importance in Chokwe life. These beautiful chairs were then used by the Chokwe chiefs, similar to thrones of European royalty.