Stool

African, Cameroon Grassfields
20th century
Artist Unidentified


Object Place: Cameroon

Dimensions

Overall: 24.5 x 34 x 27.3 cm (9 5/8 x 13 3/8 x 10 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2584

Medium or Technique

wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Seating and beds

The Cameroon grasslands is a mountainous region located in western Cameroon in which many small groups live. Among the larger of the groups is the Bamum, who reside in the eastern section of the grasslands. One of the most important status symbols amongst the Bamum, as well as other kingdoms within the grasslands, is the stool. Although many people owned their own stools, kings were given the most elaborately carved stools. This stool is rather simple and was probably not associated with a royal figure.

Provenance

1977, acquired in Douala, Cameroon, by 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