Lobi stool (Three quarters view)

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Item : Lobi stool, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 11 Kbytes)

Among the Lobi, such stools, as well as other personal property, become intimately associated with the spirit of the owner after decades of use. So that when the owner dies as a respected elder his stool is placed on the family ancestral shrine as a vehicle for communication from one generation to the next.

Men have personal stools which invariably have three legs, while women's stools have four. The numbers four and three are associated with the female and male genders in much of Africa. This graceful stool comes equipped with a handle that projects in front and whose surface gives evidence of decades of use.
19th century or earlier.

Object #4278

Origin :

Burkina Faso (Southwestern area of the Black Volta River)

Type :

Ethnographic items

Ethnic group :

Lobi (or Dagari)

Material :

Very dense beige wood, very age-old used patina

Size :

H = 29.7 inches

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