African, Burkina Faso, Lobi peoples
Object Place: Burkina Faso
Overall: 19.5 x 13.3 x 44 cm (7 11/16 x 5 1/4 x 17 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The Lobi are a largely decentralized group spread throughout Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Côte D’Ivoire. Much like many other groups throughout Africa, the Lobi produced stools for both everyday use and as prestige items. Although this stool may appear to be of simple design, the practice of woodcarving is dangerous and requires the protection from spirits that may be angered by cutting a tree.
1972, sold by Nicaud (probably Maurice and Jacqueline Nicaud of the Galerie Burgui), 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)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart