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Armchair

African, Cote d'Ivoire, Baule peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Mali

Dimensions

Overall: 60.5 x 67 cm (23 13/16 x 26 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2566

Medium or Technique

Wood, patina

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Seating and beds

This small chair, which resembles a European chair, is used among the Baule, Guro, Gere, and Dan peoples. The chairs originally had no backs, but backs may have been incorporated into their design upon contact with Europeans. This type of chair is reserved for village elders, who sit on them during the day and use them as headrests at night.

Provenance

About 1960, sold by Galerie Carrefour, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart