Woman's stool

African, Bwa peoples, Burkino Faso
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist Unidentified

Object Place: Burkina Faso


Overall: 24 x 15 x 38 cm (9 7/16 x 5 7/8 x 14 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


Seating and beds

This woman’s chair, with its angular head and neck, delicately engraved, slightly concave seat, and sturdy legs is a fine example attesting to the skills of the male Bwa carvers who created objects for everyday use.


1965, sold by Galerie Ernst Ascher, 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