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Armchair with caryatid figures

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

Object Place: Cote d'Ivoire


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

wood, stain or pigment, nails

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


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.


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