Hand-carved from a single piece of wood, the Tonga stool is a genuine artifact. These stools were status symbols for elders of the nomadic Tonga people of Zimbabwe. They carry significant meaning, for the Tonga people, then and now. Each is carved to incorporate unique lines, shapes, and patterns, making it easy to transport but also breath-taking to behold. Traditionally, only the head of the household could own and take his place on a Tonga stool. Women were prohibited from sitting on stools. Just by observing a man’s chair you can easily weave together a story about the owner and his position in the wider community. These chairs are surprisingly comfortable, used for rest, work and during traditional meetings.
H : 29 cm x D 22 cm