A wonderful, early example of the rarely seen prestige stools used by adult males in Pende territory, a region of D.R.Congo near the Loango and Kasai Rivers. This exceptional example has an openwork, caryatid support in the form of four bearded human faces, closely resembling Pende 'Kiwoyo-Muyombo' face masks. In typical Pende style, the faces show a continuous brow, down-cast eyes with heavy lids, and blunt, triangular noses. The surface of this very old sculpture is deep and dark, shiny and smooth, especially on its top. The stool is in very fine condition with several old and now stable 'checks' radiating from the outside edge on the top and foot. Made from a highly grained, heavy hardwood, possibly 'vitex congolensis' or 'vitex madiensis.' This stool is 9"H by about 7.50"Diam. It dates to the early 20th C. Provenance: F.Breuer collection,FL since the 1980's.