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Armchair with caryatid figures

African, Ivory Coast, Senufo peoples
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Cote d'Ivoire

Dimensions

Overall: 87 x 73 x 54.5 cm (34 1/4 x 28 3/4 x 21 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2648

Medium or Technique

wood, stain or pigment, nails

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Seating and beds

Elaborate chairs modeled after European chairs were used by community leaders and important figures. As explorers and merchants made contact with indigenous communities in Africa, the form of the chairs brought from Europe made their way into the stately paraphernalia of community leaders. Craftsmen incorporated local themes and forms into these “thrones”. The legs of this chair are modeled after Senufo ancestral figurines.

Provenance

1951, 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