Stools such as these were made for kings and dignitaries. The female figure may represent a mwadi, a medium (seer) who embodies the spirit of a dead king. Women were seen as powerful mediums and played a prominent role in Luba royal ceremonies
African darters are closely related to cormorants. They are usually found on inland lakes and near large rivers. They swim under water and spear fish on their dagger-shaped bill. Back above the water, they toss their prey in the air until it falls lengthways and they can swallow it.