Nakoaktok chief and copper, 1914 The leader of the tribe of the Kwakiutl a "family crest". In Kwakiutl had a complex social hierarchy, slavery and the kind of aristocracy. This noble Indian holding a very valuable regalia - forged from native copper shield. Such a shield there was no functional purpose other than demonstration of high status and wealth of the owner.
Fun Facts. The Polynesians use this as a sign of character, position and levels in a hierarchy. Polynesian peoples believe that a person’s mana, their spiritual power or life force, is displayed through their tattoo.
Africa | Female with a child. Asante peoples, Ghana | Late 19th to mid 20th century | Wood, pigment, glass beads, fiber, nails | Since the Asante trace their lineage through their mothers, queen mothers hold a particularly important position within the royal hierarchy. The elevated status of this carved figure is bolstered by her ornate chair.
Kariatide chair: This Kariatide chair is sculpted of one solid piece of wood. As in many African tribes, for the LUBA, seating is the main symbol of kingship. The royal palace is called the ‘seat of power’ (kitenta) and sitting is a metaphor of the social hierarchy. This chair is unique because of the texture-rich, sculpted surface. It displays cosmetic elements like scar tattoos, which are believed to increase beauty and erotic pleasure.
nusho's tattoo 1774 “they print signs on people’s body and call this tattow” The traditional tattoo designs, which disappeared after their ban by the first missionaries, reappeared recently thanks to the notes and sketches of over 400 drawings made by missionary Karl Von Steinen!