Man's stool

Nuna peoples
20th century


Object Place: Burkina Faso

Dimensions

Overall: 75 x 20 x 97 cm (29 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 38 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2726

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Seating and beds

A man’s stool carved from one piece of wood, originating from the Nuna peoples in what is now part of Burkina Faso. In this region of West Africa, stools with three legs are reserved for men, while women’s chairs have four legs. The anthropomorphic shape of the piece is emphasized by the elegant swoop of the elongated seat and the spinal-cord like protrusions on its back.

Inscription

in black marker on underside: "LO0"

Provenance

1946, sold by Madeleine Rousseau (b. 1895 - d. 1980), 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